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How to pay for NHIF using Mobile Money

All Kenyans and employers who are contributors to the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) will now be required to make their contributions through the official government Paybill number 222222.

This came after the national health insurer notified the public that all payments should be made to the Paybill with immediately as per the President William Ruto directive.

“The National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) announces all members and employers that effective immediately, all NHIF payments through mobile money platforms shall only be made through the government Pay bill number 222222,” NHIF CEO Elijah Wachira said.

“This is in line with the Kenya Gazette No 16008 of 2022 and the Presidential directive designating the use of Pay bill number 222222 as the government’s single payment platform,” he added.

According to the new payment mode, NHIF members who wish to pay their contributions to the fund will be forced to enter the paybill number then use NHIFM-ID number as the account number or NHIFP-ID Number if they are paying for any penalties accrued.

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Employers also will make their contributions by keying in the paybill number then enter NHIFE-Eslip number as the account number for contributions and NHIFEP-employer code for penalties.

Initially, members making their monthly contributions via mobile money were required to go to M-PESA Menu and tap on Lipa Na Mpesa then enter Paybill number 200222 then type their national ID number as the account number.

During payment for penalties accrued, they would go to M-PESA Menu, click on Lipa Na Mpesa then PayBill 200222 then enter their national ID number with the letter ‘y’ at the end of the ID number as the account number; for instance 1234567890y.

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NHIF is the latest institution to comply with the government's directive on the digital payment system (e-citizen).

Chief of Staff and Head of Public Service Felix Koskei last month praised the government's move to go digital.

Showcasing milestones achieved, Koskei announced that since government services became available on e-citizen, the state has been making Sh 281 million daily in revenue.

"So far, 250 Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) are fully onboard the e-Citizen, offering over 16,000 government services, up from 397 in June 2022, generating Sh281 million in daily revenue," he said in a statement.

e-Citizen is a platform that gives Kenyans access to government services which comprises the renewal of driving licenses, application of passports and business registration services.

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The Chief of Staff noted that with full compliance, daily revenue will surpass the Sh1 billion daily target.

Besides, Koseki called on the government institutions still operating to pay bills and till numbers other than 222222 to terminate them as per the Presidential Directive.

Last year December, the government notfied the general public that all payments for government services shall be made through the e-citizen portal.

Credit: The Star.

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