City Hall workers have opposed a plan by the Nairobi county government to engage the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) to provide medical cover over reduced benefits.
The Kenya County Government Workers Union said the county administration plans to enroll the workers into the NHIF scheme after the lapse of the AAR Kenya medical scheme last month.
Nevertheless, the City Hall workers have threatened industrial action should the county government forcefully enroll them into the NHIF scheme.
According to the workers, the Ksh 737 million NHIF proposal will reduce benefits the staff previously enjoyed that are expensive compared to the AAR cover.
Further, the scheme will cover 4,897 workers compared to about 12,000 staff previously under AAR insurance in the lapsed Sh850 million annual cover.
The Union officials said they raised concerns about the new scheme through a June 8, 2021 letter to the acting county secretary Jairus Musumba.
They highlighted several shortcomings in the NHIF scheme, the County government never responded.
The County government then advertised for open tendering of the medical scheme in the dailies on July 1, 2021.
The worker’s secretary Festus Ngari says the workers are being forced to enroll Nairobi County staff into NHIF medical scheme.
Citing pertinent issues raised by the union are not addressed yet.
We condemn this convoluted scheme being played by these individuals who are out to swindle public money and not for the welfare of Nairobi County workers.he said.
Additionally, Ngari says the workers dismiss the medical scheme.
However, he is urging the continuation of the open tendering for the best candidate.
Mr. Ngari laments that the NHIF scheme excludes cover for pandemics.
The cover was included in the previous medical cover within the chronic ailments limit.
Furthermore, he cites the reduction of group life cover of Ksh 850,000 received by the lowest-ranked member in case of the death of a member to Ksh700,000.
Moreover, unlimited outpatient services are now capped at Ksh 100, 000 with limitations to the facilities that the staff between job groups A and K enjoyed.