Taxi Hailing App Little Ride Kenya has launched the first Health Insurance cover for its drivers in the Kenyan market. This is in partnership with APA Insurance and MicroEnsure, a leading provider of micro insurance in emerging markets.
Speaking during the official launch of the automated insurance solution, APA Chief Executive Officer, Catherine Karimi said that the partnership will bring affordable healthcare and funeral cover to Little Cab drivers.
“By offering access to these services we improve the lives of the drivers and their families and reduce the overall healthcare costs for everyone. APA Insurance is committed to providing affordable insurance to all income groups in Kenya.”
On his Part, MicroEnsure’s Regional Director for East Africa Mr. Kiereini Kirika said that the company was delighted to be partnering with Little Cab and APA Insurance to further MicroEnsure’s mission of providing innovative, ground breaking insurance solutions to the mass market across Africa with products and services that have the power to truly transform and improve lives.
speaking at the same function, Little Cab’s General Manager Mr. Alex Mwaura said the product will not only provide insurance benefits, but also offer simplicity for the drivers who are always mobile.
“With just a single tap, drivers can enroll onto the product and submit a claim using the Driver App. This is part of Little Cab’s commitment to help our drivers to improve and safeguard their health and wellbeing, as well as that of their family members. With an affordable premium and fully automated process, this partnership gives our drivers convenience and a peace of mind that they have coverage at all times,” he said.
The cover will cater for costs such as payment of their medical bills, transport to hospital, compensation for lost income, in addition to cover for funeral expenses.
Little Ride drivers who are unable to work due to being hospitalized claim a daily benefit of up to Sh2,000.
In addition, the product also covers up to Sh50,000 personal accident benefit and funeral expenses up to KES 50,000 upon death of the insured.
All claim benefits are paid to the beneficiary’s mobile money wallet.
As a way of promoting the global agenda of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), the cover offers Little Cab drivers the freedom to visit any of the over 4,000 NHIF accredited hospitals and clinics across the country, to easily access medical care.
The insurance programme is being rolled out nationwide and will be available to all Little Cab drivers in Kenya and soon to be rolled out across East Africa.