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TREASURY PAVES WAY FOR COMPREHENSIVE MEDICAL COVER FOR TEACHERS

Kenyan public school teachers to get an improved medical cover

Kenyan public school teachers to get an improved medical cover

All the 288,000 teachers in the public sector will now have access to better medical care after the National Treasury approved implementation of the Sh 5.9 billion annual medical cover yesterday.

The medical scheme, which is being touted to be a better package compared to what teachers in the private sector are enjoying, will provide an inpatient cover of between Sh 300, 000 for the lowest paid teacher and Sh 1 million for the highest paid.

The new comprehensive medical scheme covers the principal contributor, their spouse and four children and covers among other things, maternity, dental, optical and a last expense cover pegged at Sh 100,000.

The lowest paid teacher in job groups G and H will have an inpatient cover of Sh 300, 000.

Teachers will also enjoy free out-patient treatment with members only required to pay sh 50 as co-pay down from the initial Sh 100. Patients will only pay the amount once for repeat visits for the same condition.

The annual medical cover will be rolled out country wide starting July 1 and according to the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), teachers are expected to forfeit their monthly medical allowance as from this month, which will be pooled together to fund the scheme.  The monthly allowance ranges between Sh 900 _ Sh 4,000 from the lowest to the highest paid teachers.

“So teachers will not get their medical allowance on their pay slips starting this month,” said TSC secretary Gabriel Lengoiboni.

Mr Lengoiboni also maintained that the cover will be rolled out in good time.

The comprehensive medical cover for teachers was brokered in 2013 when KNUT and KUPPET signed a return-to-work formula with the government following the 24 day teachers strike but the implementation has dragged on due to tender wars and boardroom battles.

TSC awarded the tender to AON Kenya Insurance Brokers Ltd, a decision upheld by the Public Procurement Oversight Authority.

 

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