Civil servants seek new insurer after NHIF exit
SEE ALSO: Civil servants top cheap houses listPrivate insurers He added: “We don’t want our members to be out of scheme come July. We want a clear agreement on how we are going to procure a new scheme whether with NHIF or private insurers." Odege, who is also the Nyatike MP, assured civil servants that they would continue enjoying benefits from the State insurer until a new alternative was found. “When we listened to the Treasury CS when he was quoting Section 19 where he said NHIF is not authorised to provide private insurance cover, and went forward to say that civil servants and police will not continue enjoying services, most of our members panicked. “The contract we have with NHIF is binding up to the end of June. Between now and then, members will still receive services as stipulated in the contract,” the union official said. Odege said it was a "shame" that it had taken the government almost a decade to realise that the NHIF was offering an illegal service. “I don't want to believe that Section 19 cannot be amended,” he said. He added that it was a wake-up call for the government on the way NHIF was run. “We risk having a moribund fund that does not achieve its obligations because the way it is managed is opaque." Odege also criticised new punitive NHIF regulations that elicited an outcry but said they were still "suggestions" because they were yet to be tabled in Parliament.
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