Good news as NHIF drop contributions for low income earners from Ksh.500 to Ksh.300.
Speaking during the Labour Day celebration at Nairobi’s Uhuru Gardens, The President stated that there needs to be an equitable contribution mechanism to the health provider and Kenyans will start contributing per their income.
“I pay Ksh.1700 every month and mama mboga pays Ksh.500 to get an NHIF card. My salary is 1M and mama mboga’s is Ksh.5000. we have changed the contribution formula and those who are paying Ksh.500 will now pay Ksh.300 starting July.
President Ruto noted that Kenyans will begin contributing 2.7% of their earnings to NHIF.
“And I who was paying Ksh.1000 will pay Ksh.27,500 and others in the middle will pay according to their salaries so that everyone of us contributes 2.7% of their earnings to NHIF and we carry this load of health equally.”
He has also added that the government will introduce a volunteer programmes targeting to have 100,000 community heath promoters will aid in delivering health services to Kenyans at the bottom.
Ruto said the volunteers will be paid by the government and the state on a 50-50 basis.
“In every 100 families will have one community health promoter whereby in every month, they will visit every family and will give them equipments to check pressure, ways to deal with diseases at early stages,” he said.
Currently the voluntary and self employed persons contribute Ksh.500 per month, while those in the formal sector contribute between Ksh.1500 and Ksh.1700 every month, depending on their income.