Union disowns fresh NHIF bid to raise rates

The workers’ umbrella body has for the second time in four months disowned plans by the statutory National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) to increase premiums.

The Central Organisation of Trade Unions (Cotu), which sits on the NHIF board, has threatened mass and legal actions if the Fund does not drop the plans by the end of this week.

“We will take any necessary steps to ensure that the new rates are not gazetted because the issues we had raised earlier about NHIF are still outstanding,” said Cotu deputy secretary-general George Muchai.

Medical Services minister Anyang’ Nyong’o last week on Friday announced that the new premiums, to be graduated according to a worker’s salary, would take effect next month. Prof Nyong’o was inaugurating a new NHIF board despite differences with the Office of the President on who should govern the insurer.

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