National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) will now cover coronavirus related costs in health facilities owned by the government.
Statement from CEO Peter Kamunyo said they shall support all Covid-19 positive members who are admitted to Ministry of Health designated facilities.
MoH has designated Kenyatta National Teaching and Referral Hospital, Kenyatta University Teaching Referral and Research Hospital and Mbagathi Hospital.
“NHIF shall not be liable for bills incurred in non MoH designated health facilities,” Kamunyo said.
“Following engagement with the insurance companies, Commissioner of Insurance Godfrey Kiptum would like to assure the public that the insurers will continue to provide their services to policyholders affected or infected with the virus,” the Insurance Regulatory Authority tweeted.
Kenyan insurers agreed to cover the disease after consultation in March but have been turning away patients despite having hundreds of thousands of shillings still unspent on their medical covers. The argument has been that Covid-19 disease is classified as a pandemic, meaning had to pay their bills.