Free NHIF plan for expectant women to cover entire family

Mothers and their infants at Pumwani Maternity Centre. PHOTO | FILE
Mothers and their infants at Pumwani Maternity Centre. The move will cost the government Sh6,000 per woman and will be loaded onto the NHIF card to be redeemed at a health facility. PHOTO | FILE  Nation Media Group

Expectant women are set to get free National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) cover for their maternity expenses as well as their family members’ medical costs.

Under the “Linda Mama, Boresha Jamii programme,” all pregnant women who register for the NHIF cover will access antenatal, delivery, postnatal care and one-year child care in all NHI- accredited facilities.

President Uhuru Kenyatta Tuesday announced that funding for the free maternity programme has been increased by Sh1.2 billion to include faith-based hospitals and select private clinics.

The additional funding raises the free maternity allocation by the Treasury to Sh5.4 billion, up from Sh4.2 billion disbursed last year.