changes, all Kenyans above 18 years will be compelled to pay Ksh500 monthly, which translates to Ksh6,000 annually.

The Bill was sponsored by the national government under the Big Four Agenda on the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Scheme for outpatient and inpatient services, including maternity, dialysis, cancer treatment and surgery.

The lawmakers rejected the National Assembly Committee on Health amendments that was seeking to have the national and county governments pay the contribution for the 5.1 percent poor households.

“A person who has attained the age of 18 years and is not a beneficiary shall register as a member of the fund,” a new clause, introduced last evening to the Bill states.

The unemployed youths will also be required to make a certain amount of contribution that will be determined by the NHIF board.

Those who earn less than Ksh12,000 will have their employers compelled to top the funds for NHIF.

At the moment, employees who earn between Ksh8,000 and Ksh11,999 pay Ksh400 monthly, according to NHIF rates.

Before the changes, employers were facing up to Ksh1,700 additional monthly statutory deductions per worker under the Bill but Leader of Majority in the National Assembly, Amos Kimunya, lobbied MPs to make changes to have employers top up employees’ contributions instead of matching them.

“The base of contribution will be Ksh500. But there are employees in the private sector who contribute Ksh150 or Ksh300. The import of this amendment is to ensure that the private sector employers simply top up the difference to ensure employees base is Ksh500,” Kimunya stated.

“The national government and county government shall be liable as a contributor to the Fund in respect of all public officers, state officers and employees working in the national government and national government entities,” the new changes state.

“Any other employer shall be liable as a contributor to the Fund in respect of its employees.”

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