Tinderet MP Julius Melly has lauded President Uhuru Kenyatta for suspending new National Hospital Insurance Fund(NHIF) rules.
Speaking on Sunday during a fundraiser in Mosop Sub County, Melly termed the new regulations punitive to Kenyans.
The lawmaker said consultations and subsequent review of the regulations should be done before implementation.
“Universal Healthcare is a right, and I urge NHIF to reconsider their approach,” he said adding that the rules will discourage Kenyans from joining the scheme.
Early last week, President Kenyatta directed the Ministry of Health to immediately halt implementation of the rules in what he said was to allow for further consultations.
The new rules require voluntary members who pay an annual subscription of Sh6,000 upfront and wait for six months before they can access services.
It also limits a member to only include one spouse and a maximum of five children as dependents. Additional dependents can be included subject to payment of additional premiums to be communicated after actual variations.
In case of default for 12 months and above, the affected member will be required to start payment afresh and can only be eligible for benefits after 90 days from the date of resumption of payment in addition to a one year upfront payment, payable within the waiting period while observing due dates.
For both maternity and specialized services, any dependent declared after initial registration shall be subjected to a 6-month waiting period, the guidelines indicate.