New NHIF law reform to favour employees

According to NHIF Amendment Bill, 2021, employers shall be liable to pay the costs incurred by the employee when seeking treatment from a contracted healthcare provider, during the period when the contribution is due.

The Bill awaits President Uhuru Kenyatta’s signature to become law after MPs approved the changes to the NHIF Act 1998 last month.

At the same time the state insurer has been prompted to suspend Public universities led by Moi University, the University of Nairobi, Egerton University, and the Technical University of Kenya defaulting on their NHIF contributions.

The universities have attributed their short coming on cash-flow struggles following reduced number of self-sponsored students.

Last month, NHIF chief executive Peter Kamunyo told Parliament that counties had failed to remit Sh143.27 million to NHIF by end of last month, despite deducting the cash from the workers’ salaries.

In the financial year ended June 2021, the NHIF collected Sh61.53 billion from its 8.998 million active members and paid out Sh54.66 billion in claims.

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