Providing teachers with health insurance benefits is becoming an industry standard in many areas. While previously not much emphasis was put on it, teachers’ health insurance is now a feature of many employment contracts for educational institutions looking to attract value and reward their top talent. It is under this premise with that the Minet teachers’ medical scheme was created.
As a teacher, finding the right medical plan for both you and your institution in this day and age doesn’t have to be daunting as it was in the past. You only need to partner with industry experts who understand the needs of the teaching sector and its workers. In Kenya, Minet’s medical scheme still remains unrivaled.
The administrators of Minet’s medical scheme have been working tirelessly to come up with a sustainable teacher’s medical cover. They have been able to amend and remove the different coverage aspects by working closely with teachers and the Teachers service commission. This is to ensure that they keep the promise of providing its members and their dependents, with the best coverage they need at all times.
Essentially, Minet’s medical cover provides medical coverage options for teachers as the same as standard health insurance plans but with better benefits, coverage and limits, specifically customized for the Kenyan teacher. As per the latest hand book guide from Minet, here are some of the areas we thought should highlight to help teachers better understand the services provided by this cover.
All teachers under the Teachers service commission (TSC) payroll, and actively involved in the service of molding young minds are automatically eligible to be covered under the Minet Teachers medical scheme as principal members. The medical coverage also extends to a teachers dependents ,including : One legal spouse and four unmarried biological or legally adopted children provided that they are aged not less than 38 weeks or more than 18 years of age.
The conditions can be extended up to 25 years of age for children over 18, provided that they are not enrolled in any post-secondary institutions. The teachers’ medical scheme however has no age limit for children with disabilities. This is very commendable of the Minet medical coverage because, clearly they need more medical attention than any other kind of dependent.
It is important for principal members to note that, once registered they cannot change their dependents until the end of a policy unless under special circumstances such as death or divorce. They should also know that registering of relatives is considered a breach of contract, warranting immediate deregistration of the teachers and their dependents.
The Minet teachers’ medical scheme registration process is quite easy. It can be done in two straight forward steps, through a USSD platform and a biometric registration. By dialing *865# from a Safaricom or Airtel line ,a principal member can Key in the detail requirements such as The ID,TSC numbers to be verified against the Minet database.
If cleared, they can then Key in the name, role and gender after which they can receive a successful registration message and a prompt to register the dependents. Registration of the dependents follows the same process of dialing *865#. The Minet team encourages its members to use their own phones for the registration process as it’s the same phone number linked to their cover.
For those hoping to use the biometric registration process should know that it’s carried out under the service providers’ premise. It can be done in a few easy steps.
- One has to visit any of their service providers (you can dial *340#,to see the list)
- Identify yourself or your dependent using your TSC number.
- An SMS containing a One-Time-Pin (OTP) is then generated and sent to your phone.
- Present the OTP to a hospital attendant to start the fingerprint registration.
- Your fingerprint is then registered on the biometric machine device and the impressions recorded against the membership progress. After this you get fully registered and ready to utilize the services.
Access to services*
Following a successful registration to the teachers medical scheme, members can access medical services by simply dialing *340# on Safaricom and Airtel lines. One does not even need a smart phone to select the kind of services required i.e. outpatient ,inpatient, dental or optical. Other details you may be prompted to input are the county, sub-county which helps Minet best recommend the hospital to recommend to a member.
We will highlight how this cover provides referral and specialist services to its primary members and other benefits for members and/or their dependents in our subsequent articles.
Meanwhile, it’s important to note that in case an emergency occurs, the Minet team is always on call via their Call center Hotline numbers;
- Call center Hotline : 1528 (both call and SMS)
- General Lines : 0719044799,0719044999,0730604000
Clearly, the Minet medical insurance scheme for teachers is quite amazing. It clearly shows that the team is committed to ensure that the members don’t just get a comprehensive healthcare plan, but an engaged and supportive insurance partner. As a Kenyan teacher, by registering with Minet you have more time to focus on you and your students while Minet handles your medical insurance. Now that’s a partner you can trust. Spread the word.