The Government has put in place compliance officers to carry out random inspections of records by various employers to ensure that statutory NHIF deductions from employees are remitted correctly and on time Thika National Health Insurance Fund Branch Manager Michael Njau revealed Wednesday.
Njau who was talking during the National Government Heads of Department Service Delivery meeting in Thika town was reacting to complaints that some employers were deducting money from their employees but were not remitting the same to NHIF thus denying the workers access to the Universal Health Care for All services.
He said that his office has held an awareness forum with all Human Resource Managers from the region that includes Thika, Juja, Ruiru and Gatundu North and South with an emphasis on the importance of making timely remissions of every deduction adding that employers were aware of the repercussions that can befall them which include recovering of the monies and heavy penalties on the company.
He called on employees affected not to shy away from reporting their employers to the relevant authorities adding that the Government is committed to ensuring that everyone has unlimited access to health services.
Njau who took the Heads of Department through the successes currently registered by NHIF further pointed out that already NHIF has engaged both the National and County Government Officers with an aim of making them brand ambassadors to registers as many new members as possible adding that sub-chiefs have been tasked with the responsibilities of ensuring that every person registers with NHIF.
He pointed out that NHIF has embraced a multi-dimensional approach where all stakeholders have been brought on board to make the Universal Health for All a reality.
We are working with all Matatu Sacco’s and have ensured that all drivers and their touts are registered and have also embarked on a registration exercise for bodaboda and tuktuk operators within all the major towns within Kiambu County, he said.
He further revealed that the County Government has employed registration clerks who have been stationed in all major hospitals within the County to ensure that they capture all the new members seeking services from the Health facilities.
Njau also explained that NHIF has an effective online portal where people can register with a monthly payment of Sh. 500 and follow up their account online adding that with the established systems across the country they are assured of meeting their target of making quality health accessible by all.
Already the government has taken on board all 4,637 senior citizens recently enrolled in Thika Sub-County InuaJamii program to ensure that they all benefit from the free Health Care Services.
Source: Kenya News Agency