A section of Nairobi city workers cannot access National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) services due to unpaid debt by the county government to the medical scheme.
Nairobi City government owes NHIF Sh1.25 billion for the past two years.
The medical scheme claims that it requested the County Government in vain through the State Department for Public Service to pay the amount on December 31, 2022, to ensure the continuity of the provision of medical benefits to the staff that was previously deployed at the Nairobi Metropolitan Services.
“It is noted that the said premium for the two (2) financial years ie. 2021/2022 and 2022/2023 have not been paid to date, yet the staff of the former MS has continued to access the scheme benefits,” the State Department for Public Service wrote to the County government.
Principal Secretary of State Department for Public Service Amos Gathecha through the letter said NHIF is unable to continue offering services to the staff of former NMS who are currently working under your jurisdiction.
“In addition, NHIF has notified the State Department for Public Service of the decision to suspend the access to the scheme benefits with effect from Monday, January 23, 2023, until the full premium owed by former NMS is settled,” the letter read.