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More deductions for employees as Ruto signs FOUR UHC bills into law

Ruto signs four Universal Health Care bills (UHC) into law ahead of launch in Kericho County on Friday during the Mashujaa Day celebrations.

President William Ruto on Thursday upon return from China signed four Universal Health Coverage (UHC) bills into law.

The four bills include the Primary Health Care Bill, Facility Improvement Financing Bill, Digital Health Bill and the Social Health Insurance Bill.

The Primary Health Care Bill will help provide a framework for the effective delivery and management of health services using Primary Healthcare Networks (PCNs) and Community Health Units.

The Digital Health Bill aims to promote telemedicine and digitise health services by ending written transactions.

The Social Health Insurance Bill abolishes the National Health Insurance Fund and creates three new funds: a Primary Health Care Fund, a Social Health Insurance Fund and a Chronic Illness and Emergency Fund.

The Facility Improvement Financing Bill will restrict funds raised in public health facilities so that those funds are not put to other uses outside of health.

It will also entrench the role of the Community Health Promoters in the provision of community-based primary healthcare services.

The Social Health Bill will transit from the current National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF), which will now enable all Kenyans to access quality care, regardless of their financial status.

This now means that Kenyans employed in the formal sector will make a monthly contribution of 2.75 percent of their salary capped at a minimum of Ksh.300 and a maximum of Ksh.5,000.

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The signing of the bills comes ahead of the UHC plan launch in Kericho County on Friday during the Mashujaa Day Celebrations. 

The President acknowledged that the effort to sign the bills was not a single-person task. 

“The people of Kenya talked loudly for a system that leaves nobody begins, where families do not lose their properties or savings due to illness,” he said. 

He noted that the plan was put together the last two years, ahead of campaigns, adding that no one knew the plans were going g to be laws in Kenya. 

“My team of advisors was so committed to this plan, not forgetting the team in parliament who have delivered. I also want to congratulate the creativity of Parliament, MPs gave the amendment they wanted to the Senate and vice vasa to improve the quality of this law,” he said. 

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