NHIF to allow men to cover multiple wives for Sh500
The National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) has published regulations that will allow men to get medical cover for multiple wives, if Parliament approves the proposed law, marking a departure from medical insurance norms.
The regulations have a clause providing medical coverage to polygamous families on condition the male member pays an extra Sh500 for the additional wives.
This is a departure from the current NHIF rules that cover one spouse and a maximum of five children.
Most private insurance firms recognise the principal member, one registered spouse and up to four children for medical cover, especially those backed by employers.
Members with two wives are often forced to have another cover for the second wife who is listed as the principal member.
The NHIFs move to recognise multiple wives comes more than eight years after former President Uhuru Kenyatta signed into law a marriage Bill legalising polygamy.