If the Proposed new law is approved,the national health insurer will cater for medical bills for alcohol and drug abuse addicts.
The law is aimed at curbing consumption among the youth.
The Health (Amendment) Bill seeks to incorporate alcohol and drug addiction to be recognised as a disease.
About 20 MPs who are members of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse caucus said the Bill will provide a health treatment framework for substance abuse.
“Addiction to alcohol and drug abuse is not recognised as a disease. Addicts are unable to use their National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) cards because it does not cover drug and substance addiction,” Gathoni Wamuchomba, the MP for Githunguri said.
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“As a caucus against Drug, Substance and Alcohol Abuse, we have drafted two Bills. One seeks to amend the Health Act to categorise action as a disease. This will see addicts treated at affordable cost by the State.”