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Atwoli defends new NHIF rates

15 May 2015, 14:58 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The Central Organization of Trade Unions COTU says that the newly enacted National Hospital Insurance Fund NHIF rates are above board.

In a statement sent to newsrooms Friday, COTU stated that it was among the bodies that pushed for the enhancement of the rates to help Kenyans access healthcare affordably.

" We wish to dissociate COTU from those clamouring for the suspension of the new rates since COTU was part and parcel of negotiations for the new rates".

" It includes the enhanced benefits and already we have sensitized our members on the benefits that will come with the new deductions and we urge those opposed to the new rates including Federation of Kenya Employers FKE, the Kenya National Union of Teachers KNUT and the Kenya union of post primary education teachers KUPPET to enter into dialogue with NHIF with a view to agree on the way forward," the statement added.

There has been a clamour by the Federation of Kenya Employers FKE to have the deductions re-negotiated.

FKE wants NHIF to tax basic pay and not the gross pay as is the case.

But COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli says that the NHIF rates are okay since the government has already agreed to a 12% increase in basic pay for Kenyan workers.

The increase in NHIF rates took effect April 1, 2015.

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