NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 16 – Staff at the Judiciary are threatening to go to court to challenge the newly gazetted National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) rates.
Through the Kenya Judicial Staff Association (KJSA), they described the rates as too high and stated that they significantly reduce the net income of workers.
Chairman Sango Maewa further pointed out that the staff already have an existing medical scheme which is working well and that the Health CS together with the NHIF Board should reconsider implementing the rates.
“We will not accept these new rates and the Health Cabinet Secretary together with the NHIF Board should review them and not impose them on us. We are bringing up the matter now since our employer just recently notified us of the deductions and we will not take this,” he said.
He also emphasised the need for inclusive dialogue on the scheme while indicating that they were not consulted on the rates.
“That is grossly wrong. What needs to be done is to have dialogue and ensure that the views of everyone are taken into consideration. If teachers and other civil servants have opposed these rates, then who are we to accept them?” he posed.
There have been controversies over the newly gazetted rates with teachers’ unions and the Trade Unions Congress of Kenya protesting against their implementation.
According to a legal notice dated February 6, the contributions will ascend on a graduated scale that will see high income earners deductions rise by up to 400 percent.
Individuals earnings Sh5,999 and below will contribute Sh150 while those earning Sh100,000 and above will pay the highest amount at Sh1,700.