Teachers medical insurance service provider AON Minet also known as MAKL has now opened the window for teachers who want to change dependants to do so. The change of dependants only happens in a year.
AON Minet has given teachers who wish to change their dependants upto 31st November 2020 before the portal closes.
Some of the documents teachers are required include
- Birth certificates for children below 18 years
- Birth notifications for newly born babies
- ID card for children above 18 years and are in Colleges or Universities
- For a spouse an ID and a marriage certificate is needed
AON Minet support upto four children as dependants.
“Dear Mwalimu, The medical scheme allows for change of dependants at the beginning of a policy year. If you wish to do this, you have until 30th November 2020. These changes will officially take effect in the month of December. Kindly log in to AON Minet Kenya click change of dependant, fill in the changes as required and attach supporting documentation. For more call 1528,” read an SMS by MinetKenya to Samson, a teacher in Kibwezi.
TSC and AON Minet had already striked a deal to treat teachers and their dependants found to have Covid-19.
The 328,000 teachers in primary and secondary schools will be able to be treated for Coronavirus disease following the agreement between their employer and their medical insurer.
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) had said teachers and their dependants are free to walk to any health facility and be treated for Covid-19 and any other health complications.
“In line with this, the Minet Kenya-led Consortium in conjunction with TSC has been and will continue to support government’s efforts to combat Covid-19 by ensuring that any scheme member diagnosed with Covid-19 and exhibits symptoms, is able to access medical treatment at the designated scheme medical facilities,” said TSC’s CEO Nancy Macharia, confirming that teachers and their dependants are covered for treatment of Covid-19 subject to the medical scheme’s terms and conditions.
The news is sweet to teachers at this time when many insurance companies have abandoned their clients by refusing to pay for treatment of the virus, despite the pandemic rendering many people jobless and eating into their finances. NHIF is currently covering only medical personnel.
Macharia, in addition to accessing the service, said other mitigation measures have been put in place in an effort to support teachers and their dependents and to reduce risk of contracting the virus.
“We have introduced of a Covid-19 incidence reporting USSD tool *202*07# for teachers and their dependents and mental health and psychosocial support tele-counselling toll-free line 0800720029,” Macharia said, adding this will allow members to access treatment via telemedicine.
Other measures include delivering drugs to registered chronic patients, distribution of hand sanitisers to members and utilising the option of OTP (One Time PIN) identification to avoid contact and likely infection through the use of biometric fingerprint readers.
“Introduction of facial and eye recognition for identification is on course for rollout in the next two months,” Macharia said.
According to TSC records, teachers in public schools are paid Sh20.6 billion in salaries per year, bringing the annual cost in salaries to Sh247.2 billion.
The teachers also enjoy a medical cover by AON Minet. The cover cost TSC Sh9 billion last year. It will cost the commission Sh12 billion this year and Sh14 billion next year.
Under the scheme, teachers have their inpatient medical benefits raised to Sh750,000 for those under the lowest job group G (or B5) to a maximum of Sh2.5 million for highest paid staff under job group R (or D4).
Overall, some 1,006,673 beneficiaries are registered under the scheme. Of these are about 313,333 principal members and 178,272 listed as spouses. A total 515,068 children have also been listed as beneficiaries under the scheme. The teachers can also get medical treatment while in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda or Tanzania.
She said the Ministry of Health has continually issued guidelines to ensure that the effects of the disease are mitigated in the best ways possible.
“Additionally, other agencies such as the Insurance Regulatory Authority and the Association of Kenya Insurers also committed to work in support of government efforts by offering some level of cover at the Ministry of Health designated facilities, even where their insurance cover did expressly exclude pandemics,” Macharia said.
She called upon teachers to take Ministry of Health preventive measures seriously, including regular hand washing, using alcohol-based hand sanitisers, wearing face masks and keeping social distancing, at all times.
“Only when all of us exercise responsible citizenship through strict compliance to all mitigation measures shall we overcome the Covid-19 pandemic,” she said.
Want to upload Documents for AON Dependants? (AON Minet Kenya)
TSC/AON flyer (Download these flyers to get complete details about AON medical scheme and its benefits)
AON List of Service Providers (Hospitals)
TO REGISTER YOURSELF OR YOUR DEPENDANTS FOR AON MEDICAL SCHEME SERVICES GO TO YOUR PHONE AND DIAL *865# AND FOLLOW PROMPT. IT WILL COST YOU 10/- AIRTIME TO REGISTER EACH DEPENDANT.
MEMBERS WHO WANT TO CHANGE THEIR DEPENDANTS/SPOUSE TO VISIT AON MINET OFFICES COUNTRY WIDE TO FILL THE REQUIRED FORM BETWEEN 1st OCTOBER TO 30th OCTOBER. AFTER THIS PERIOD NO CHANGES WILL BE DONE.