How to pay NHIF contribution using M-Pesa

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The National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) is a public medical cover that allows Kenyans to pay for services from accredited medical facilities across the country.
Membership can be through one’s employer or on an individual basis.
“NHIF registers all eligible members from both the formal and informal sector. For those in the formal sector, it is compulsory to be a member,” NHIF states.
Requirements are copies of national ID, employer appointment or introduction letter, coloured passport photo and original plus copies of birth certificates for dependents.
Contributions for employees in the formal sector are automatically remitted by the employer while those in the informal sector can pay via M-Pesa or through the bank.
“Members under the voluntary category pay Sh500 per month (Sh6000 per annum) and those in formal employment make contributions as per their income,” NHIF says.
The following are the steps used to pay for NHIF using M-Pesa:
Go to the M-Pesa menu and select Lipa na M-Pesa option
Choose the Paybill option
Select enter business number which is 200222 (NHIF business number)
Choose the account number and insert your national Id number.
Put the amount you want to pay
Insert your M-Pesa pin and send
You will receive a confirmation screen from M-Pesa to validate the payment you are making.
For existing members who have stayed for over 12 months without payment, NHIF is offering a reprieve.
“You can take advantage of our amnesty to reactivate your NHIF card by paying Sh1,500 via M-Pesa Paybill 200222,” a tweet from NHIF reads.
The card will become active again for use after two months from the date of payment.

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