• Tuesday, 25 June 2024
Police medical coverage delays are the result of a provider change.

Police medical coverage delays are the result of a provider change.

The ongoing transfer from the previous insurer has been blamed by the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) for delays in officers receiving medical coverage.

To replace the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF), whose contract with the National Police Service and Kenya Prisons terminated in December of last year, a consortium led by CIC General Insurance won the Sh8.8 billion offer.

However, some police have been impacted by the transition and have complained about the lengthy turnaround times that have forced them to use their own money.

"I'd describe these startup issues as systemic, but they will be resolved over time and as quickly as possible. We are transitioning to a new insurer that has only been on the job for a few weeks. We are working with bulk data of over 107,000 police officers plus close to 3,000 civilian employees and other officers inside the service, a total of close to 150,000, according to NPSC Chairman Eliud Kinuthia. The system and the registration procedure are underway.

However, he instructed the new insurer to work quickly to finish the registration process.

Fast pace the systems, he urged, so that they can start operating right away and helping the police.

Mr. Kinuthia further expressed hope that the task force headed by the former Chief Justice David Maraga will put an end to long-standing issues with officers' welfare, such as salary harmonisation, housing and health insurance, as well as psychosocial support and allowances for officers working in difficult and remote areas.

We anticipate the task force's final report with anticipation and have high hopes that many of these concerns will be addressed. Moving ahead, the terms and circumstances for police officers will improve, said Mr. Kinuthia.

We anticipate the task force's final report with anticipation and have high hopes that many of these concerns will be addressed. Moving ahead, the terms and circumstances for police officers will improve, said Mr. Kinuthia.

The seven, which include Arthur Osiya, Dr. Joyce Nyabuti, Mr. Gilbert Chabari Mutembei, Dr. Monica Muiru, Dr. Raymond Sangsang Nyeris, Dr. Joyce Mutinda, and Mr. Mbeti Mchuki, will be looking for a replacement for Naftali Rono, who resigned to accept a position in another department of the government.

The Kenya Police Inspector General, the two Deputy Inspector Generals in charge of the Kenya Police and the Administration Police, two retired officers, three civilians, and a person qualified to be nominated as a High Court judge make up the commission's nine members.

On November 7 of last year, Mr. Rono, who had been appointed due to his qualification as a High Court judge, voluntarily tendered his resignation from the commission.

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