The Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) has requested the National Treasury to include its staff in the Civil Service and National Youth Service insurance program to accommodate those on the front lines fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a letter dated 8 July 2021 addressed to Ukur Yatani, Secretary of the National Ministry of Finance, NMS Director General Mohamed Badi Treasury requested the transfer of the Group Personal Accident (GPA), Work Injury Benefit (WIBA) and Last Expense coverage for National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) and expand Group Life Assurance to include comprehensive coverage with a Covid-19 insurance driver.
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“Following the 4th Presidential Address on the Covid-19 Pandemic, issued on April 16, 2020 by the President, in which he ordered the development of a welfare package to protect officials on the front lines of the fight against Covid-19 through insurance, The Department of Public Service and Gender led the National Treasury to accelerate the process of transferring the collective accident insurance, work accident benefits and final cost coverage to the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) and expand Group Life Assurance with an expanded Covid-19 insurance driver.” the letter reads.
Lieutenant General Badi notes that the contract to provide comprehensive group life, final expenses, increased work-related compensation and personal group accident for officials and employees of the National Youth Service was erroneously omitted to enlist Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) personnel. assume that some of the officials in devolved positions.
“The purpose of this letter is therefore to request through your office the State Treasury for inclusion of the NMS personnel under the current coverage already in force with the NHIF. The personnel data required for inclusion in the existing insurance policies is summarized below”, says the letter from Lieutenant General Badi.
The details include an NMS staff population of 7,792 staff members with a total monthly base salary of Sh132,547,904 and a gross monthly salary of Sh764,595,010.
The personnel list is updated once all recently hired employees are included in the payroll.
Lieutenant General Badi says the confirmation of the request and the recording will enable NMS to provide confidence to its staff, including those on the front lines of the fight against Covid-19.
NMS is also reviewing their insurance budget allocations to facilitate premium payments to NHIF once they submit the cost of insurance premiums for coverage.
Two weeks ago, through the Kenya County Government Workers Union, the workers had threatened industrial action after accusing the government of the acting governor of Nairobi, Ann Kananu, of planning to register them with the NHIF without consultation.
They demanded that the Nairobi County government allay their concerns, saying NHIF’s proposal of Sh734 million coverage will reduce benefits enjoyed by staff and be more expensive than the AAR coverage currently offered.
However, AAR coverage does not include GPA, WIBA, and Last Expense coverage.
The union had also claimed that the NHIF will only cover 4,897 employees of the 12,000 covered by the Sh850 million AAR coverage that has expired.