Uhuru stops new NHIF rules on only one wife, 5 children

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has stopped the new NHIF rules on only one wife and five children.

The directive also stops the NHIF from implementing the new packages that had taken effect on January 1, 2020.

On January 9, in a memo sent  to all regional and branch managers, NHIF had said all married individuals would only be allowed to enlist a one spouse and a maximum of five children as beneficiaries.

In addition to other recommendations, the new rules would require members joining the fund to wait for 90 days before accessing services or benefits.

Additionally, they would be required to make a one year upfront payment within the waiting period.

On January 12, the Central Organisation of Trade Unions (Cotu), deputy secretary general Benson Okwara, demanded that the regulations be reversed terming them retrogressive and punitive.

Murang’a Woman Rep Sabina Chege and Kiambu MP Jude Njomo also led legislators in rejecting the new regulations.

The MPs said the rules were illegal as they had not been approved by the parliament.