Kisumu County has entered into a partnership with the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) and PharmAcess Kenya for funding and provision of Social Health Insurance to poor and needy families unable to afford monthly contribution to the health insurer.
The agreement, signed on behalf of the County by Deputy Governor Dr Mathews Owili and NHIF Chief Executive Officer Dr Peter Kamunyo will see up to 90,000 poor households in the county enrolled in the medical scheme.
The scheme seeks to complement the Presidential Universal Health Care (UHC) programme which will ensure that there is sustainability and provision of quality health care to the needy populace.
Speaking at the event, Dr Owili said the scheme will enable the needy access proper healthcare services at both outpatient and inpatient levels.
He said the devolved unit will pay insurance for the first batch of 45,000 needy households in the first phase and an additional 45,000 in the second phase.
“Eventually we’re going to cover 90,000 in the special scheme where the county is financing and ensure those unable to pay are catered for,” added Dr Owili.
Dr Kamunyo said the county indigent health care programme will help low-income earners access health care provider services.
Under the Memorandum of Understanding, (MOU) County of Kisumu shall provide the funds for the insurance cover to the identified vulnerable families under the NHIF membership.
NHIF, on its part, will provide both inpatient and outpatient medical cover to the beneficiaries in NHIF-accredited health facilities, with access to in-patient and outpatient benefits under its Super Cover National Scheme.
According to Governor Prof Peter Anyang Nyong’o, the county is building on the lessons learnt under the UHC scheme, of which Kisumu was among the pilot counties where the National programme was implemented.
“We are concerned about the high number of vulnerable families unable to meet their Medicare and that’s why we’re are rolling out this scheme,” said Nyong’o at another forum.