Checking your NHIF status and making payments has become more efficient and instant with the upgraded NHIF system. This guide provides simple and accurate steps to check your NHIF account status online via the website and through SMS. Additionally, it outlines how to make NHIF payments for both employed and self-employed individuals.

Checking NHIF Account Status Online Via Web:

  1. Visit the NHIF official website at
  2. Sign up for the self-service portal by providing your NHIF number, email address, and phone number.
  3. Fill in the required details, create a password, and submit the form.
  4. Log in to your account to view your NHIF contributions, balances, defaults, and activation status.
  5. Ensure to log out after accessing your account for security purposes.

Checking NHIF Status Online via SMS:

  1. Open the message icon on your mobile phone.
  2. Compose a new message with “ID” followed by a space and your national identification number or passport number.
  3. Send the message to the shortcode number 21101.
  4. You will receive an SMS with your NHIF account status shortly after. A service charge of about 10 bob applies.

How to Make NHIF Payment: For Employed Individuals: NHIF payments for government and private sector employees are deducted by employers according to their respective pools.

For Self-Employed Individuals:

  1. Visit the NHIF website at or use Mpesa to make payments.
  2. For Mpesa payment, go to Lipa na Mpesa, enter the business number 200222 (NHIF Paybill), and use your ID card number as the account number.
  3. Enter the amount you want to pay and your Mpesa PIN to complete the transaction.
  4. You will receive confirmation messages from both Mpesa and NHIF.
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Conclusion: With the convenience of online access and SMS, checking your NHIF account status has become quick and effortless. Follow the provided steps for accurate results. Whether you’re employed or self-employed, making NHIF payments is now accessible through the NHIF website or Mpesa. Secure comprehensive healthcare benefits and enjoy peace of mind with NHIF coverage.