State seeks deal in rais­ing NHIF top earners rates

Business Daily (Kenya) - - ECONOMY & POLITICS -

The gov­ern­ment will strike a deal with work­ers and em­ploy­ers be­fore ask­ing top in­come earners topay more in monthly con­tri­bu­tions to the Na­tional Hospi­tal In­sur­ance Fund (NHIF). Health sec­re­tary Si­cily Kar­iuki said the an­nounce­ment of plans to in­crease the rates had sparked an up­roar with Cen­tral Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Trade Union (Cotu) op­pos­ing the move. The pro­posal comes barely three years af­ter the NHIF raised work­ers con­tri­bu­tions from Sh320 to a grad­u­ated scale of be­tween Sh500 and Sh1,700 per month based on monthly pay. “The feed­back which came af­ter the pro­posal was aired was some level of re­sis­tance be­cause we have not ac­tu­ally un­der­taken con­sul­ta­tions and that is the stage we are in. We have to carry the work­ers, em­ploy­ers and gen­eral pub­lic in how we view this pro­posal,” Ms Kar­iuki said. Em­ploy­ers are rep­re­sented by the Fed­er­a­tion of Kenya Em­ploy­ers (FKE) who like Cotu have seat in the NHIF board.

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