The NHIF paybill number is 200222. You can use this paybill number to pay your contributions as well as any penalty you may have on your account. The deadline for paying your NHIF contribution is 9th of every month to prevent penalties and validity issues of your cover.
In order to be eligible for universal and affordable health coverage, you need to pay your premium on time, usually before 9th of every month.
Ready to pay your monthly NHIF contribution? The easiest way to pay your NHIF contributions is by using the M-Pesa paybill number. But what is the number and what is the process of making that payment?
Mobile money payment service M-Pesa has revolutionized payments in the Kenyan financial industry. Among its most beneficial features is merchant payments to various institutions. These include both public and private institutions among them government facilities such as NHIF.
What is the NHIF Paybill Number?
The NHIF Mpesa paybill number is 200222. This is the same as the MPesa business number you can use to pay your monthly contribution.
Paying your NHIF contribution through M-Pesa takes the normal payment approach used for payments to other organizations. You need to have the paybill number 200222 then follow the right steps outlined below in this article to pay the contributions.
The advantages of using this service include convenience as you’ll not need to queue to make the payments.
How to Pay NHIF Contributions Via M-Pesa
Before paying for the contributions through M-Pesa, you need to know how much you’ll be paying and how much it’ll cost to make the payment. The list of costs is given in a section below.
After topping up your M-Pesa account, follow these steps to make the payment:
- Go to the M-Pesa menu on your device.
- Go to the Lipa na M-Pesa section.
- Choose the Pay Bill option on the list.
- Choose the Enter business no. option.
- Enter the NHIF paybill number that is 200222 then press okay or next.
- Enter your National ID number as Account Number and press ok or next.
- Enter your M-Pesa PIN and press ok or next.
- Confirm whether the details are correct and proceed.
- You’ll receive messages from the NHIF and M-Pesa confirming your payments.
That’s all it takes to make the payments through M-Pesa. When making the payments, the table below gives you a guideline of how much it’ll cost you.
Nowadays, each M-Pesa transaction shows you the costs you’ll incur before it’s completed. With Safaricom often revising M-Pesa charges in line with the government taxes on money transfer fees, you can always check the charges before you make the transaction to be sure.
What is the deadline for paying NHIF?
The deadline for paying your NHIF contribution is on 9th of every month. Late payment attracts penalties and makes your cover invalid.
How do I check my NHIF account?
1.Create a new SMS and type in “ID” followed by a space then your ID number e.g. ID 123456985
2.Send the message to 21101.
3.You’ll receive a short message with your name and last contribution date showing the account status.
NHIF MPesa Charges
Mpesa charges for this transaction may apply as with all money transfers using the mobile money wallet by Safaricom. Here are the charges you’ll incur for sending money to NHIF via Mpesa.
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See more on the latest Mpesa rates here.
Employed vs Self Employed NHIF Contributions
If you’re employed, your NHIF contributions are most likely made by your employer on your behalf. However, if you wish to make contributions voluntarily or are self-employed, you will need to make the payments yourself.
Among the methods of doing so include queueing up at the NHIF offices, or using easier methods such as the M-Pesa procedure detailed above.
How to Check NHIF Account Status
After creating your NHIF account, you can easily check its status online or via SMS whenever you deem it necessary. This can be done using your mobile phone and cost KSh 10 only. The steps to doing so are as follows:
- Type a message as follows (ID (ID NUMBER)). This message has the initials ‘ID’ followed by a single space then your ID number or passport number (depending on which document you used to register your account with).
- Send the text to the number 21101.
You will receive a text after a few minutes from NHIF detailing various aspects of your account. These include the following:
- The NHIF member number.
- Year of birth.
- ID number.
- The dependents on your health cover.
- The last contribution you made.
NHIF Contacts and Help Line
If you find anything isn’t in order (such as a wrong detail), you can contact the NHIF through its phone numbers such as 0800 720 601 and 0726 268 933 or visit the closest branch to you. The parastatal has offices in the major cities and towns of Kenya.
About NHIF and MPESA
Mpesa is a mobile money transfer service provided by telecommunications firm Safaricom Plc. The service allows sending and receiving money besides paying for services to various businesses. M-Pesa transactions are legally recognized as formal methods of payment.
To pay to an institution through M-Pesa, the business needs to have applied for either a paybill number or till number to receive payments through the method. The customer needs to have registered their Safaricom line to transact through M-Pesa.
The National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) is a parastatal founded in 1966 to take care of health insurance. As a part of the ministry of health, the NHIF is tasked with collecting health premiums from Kenyans and covering some treatments when they fall sick.
The NHIF works very much like other health covers but for the fact that it’s owned by the government rather than private persons or firms. The advantage with this is that health cover is more reliable and the process of making insurance claims much easier and predictable. This is in comparison to dealing with private institutions.