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How to Pay NHIF Premiums, Penalties, and View Account Status

NHIF members under formal employment have their monthly premiums send to the national health insurer by their employers directly through the check-off system. However, the self-employed NHIF members have to remit their monthly contributions and penalties through other means, like Mpesa and Airtel Money.

NHIF requires that you pay your monthly premiums not later than the 9th of every month to avoid incurring late payment penalties.

For the self-employed and voluntary members, late NHIF remittances attract a penalty of Ksh. 250 for every month defaulted.

How to Pay for NHIF Kenya Premiums through Mpesa

To pay your monthly NHIF contributions by Mpesa pay bill, follow the steps:

  1. Go to your M-PESA menu and select Lipa na M-PESA
  2. Choose Pay Bill and enter the NHIF Mpesa Business number 200222
  3. Select Account number and enter your National ID Number
  4. Enter the amount (Ksh. 500 per month)
  5. Enter your M-PESA Pin
  6. Confirm all details are correct then press OK
You will receive a confirmation SMS from M-PESA immediately.

How to Make NHIF Remittances by Airtel Money

To pay your NHIF monthly premiums using Airtel money follow these steps:

  1. Go to Airtel Money menu and select Make Payments
  2. Go to Pay Bills
  3. Choose ‘Other’
  4. Enter the NHIF Airtel Money Pay bill number: 823363
  5. Put the amount you wish to pay
  6. For Reference, enter your ID number
  7. Click Send
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After some time you will receive a confirmation message from the Airtel money service.

How to Pay NHIF Penalties through Mpesa

These steps and mode of payment only apply to the NHIF self-employed members.

NHIF penalties payment procedure
Pay NHIF penalties by Mpesa. Image: Facebook, NHIF Kenya
  1. On your M-PESA select Lipa na M-PESA
  2. Use 200222 as the NHIF Mpesa Business number
  3. For the Account number, enter your National ID Number followed by letter at the end. E.g 1234567y. This will treat the payment as a penalty.
  4. Enter Ksh. 250 for every month you have defaulted
  5. Enter your M-PESA Pin number
  6. Confirm all details are correct then press OK
  7. A message confirming payments will be sent to your phone.

How to Check NHIF Account Status

You can check the NHIF membership status through the NHIF Self Care online portal or through the NHIF app.

When you log into any of these platforms with your NHIF membership details, the first thing you will see on the screen is your account status.

You can also check the arrears and penalties accrued (if any) by clicking on the Status menu, on the NHIF Self Care online portal.

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You can also check your NHIF account status through SMS. To get your account status via SMS:

  • Compose a new SMS
  • Type the letters ID then space followed by your ID number, e.g ID 12345678
  • Send to 21101
  • You will get a reply immediately.

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  3. Airtel Money Transfer Withdraw and Sending Charges
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