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Social Health Insurance Bill top on agenda as Parliament resumes

Kenya's National Assembly building in Nairobi. Photo/Courtesy

The National Assembly will resume sittings Tuesday afternoon following a long recess.

Part of the priority business this afternoon is the consideration of the Social Health Insurance Bill, 2023.

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The Bill aims to replace the National Hospital Insurance Fund and achieve universal health care (UHC), according to President William Ruto’s government.

The government is proposing to establish within the authority a Claims Management Office which shall review and process the claims.

According to the bill, the Authority will only make payments to a contracted healthcare provider or healthcare facility upon submission of a claim by the Claims Management Office.

The two bills are among four others including the Primary Health Care Bill, 2023, and the Digital Health Bill, 2023 which were endorsed by the Cabinet at its sitting held at the Kakamega State Lodge.

The House is also expected to debate the Sugar Bill, which seeks to reinstate the Sugar Act. The act was repealed through the enactment of the Crops Act, 2013.

It also seeks to restore the roles of the Kenya Sugar Board currently undertaken by the Sugar Directorate of the Agriculture and Food Authority established under the Agriculture and Food Authority Act, 2013.

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