The New NHIF Payment System: What You Need to Know

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By Editorial Desk 4 Min Read

The National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) has announced a significant change in the way Kenyans and employers can make their contributions.

As per the President’s directive and in line with the Kenya Gazette No 16008 of 2022, all payments to NHIF must now be made through the official government Paybill number 222222.

We will take you through the details of this new payment system and its implications for NHIF members and employers.

Understanding the Changes

NHIF CEO Elijah Wachira has notified all members and employers that, with immediate effect, all NHIF payments through mobile money platforms shall only be made through the government Paybill number 222222.

This change is in alignment with the Presidential directive designating the use of Paybill number 222222 as the government’s single payment platform.

Under the new payment mode, NHIF members are required to enter the paybill number 222222 and use their NHIFM-ID number as the account number for their contributions.

For those paying penalties accrued, they should use their NHIFP-ID Number as the account number.

Employers, on the other hand, will make their contributions by entering the paybill number 222222 and entering their NHIFE-Eslip number as the account number. For penalties, they should use their NHIFEP-employer code.

Previous Payment Process

Previously, members making their monthly contributions via mobile money were required to use Paybill number 200222 and enter their national ID number as the account number.

When making payment for penalties accrued, they would add the letter ‘y’ at the end of their ID number.

NHIF’s Compliance with E-Citizen

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 has praised the government’s move to go digital and highlighted the significant revenue generated since government services became available on e-Citizen.

e-Citizen is a platform that allows Kenyans to access various government services such as the renewal of driving licenses, application of passports, and business registration services.

Koskei has revealed that 250 Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) are fully onboard the e-Citizen, offering over 16,000 government services and generating Sh281 million in daily revenue.

Future Implications

Koskei has emphasized that with full compliance, daily revenue is expected to surpass the Sh1 billion daily target.

He has also called on government institutions still operating with pay bills and till numbers other than 222222 to close them down as per the Presidential Directive.

It’s important to note that last December, the government announced that all payments for government services shall be made through the e-Citizen portal.

This signals a significant shift towards digital payment systems for government services.

With the government’s push for digital payment systems through e-Citizen, it’s clear that a new era of streamlined and efficient payment processes is dawning.

It is essential for all NHIF members and employers to familiarize themselves with these changes and ensure compliance with the new payment requirements.

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