NHIF is a universal social health insurance that seeks to provide basic healthcare services to Kenyan citizens. According to the Ammended NHIF act of 2022, it is now mandatory for every Kenyan to register with NHIF once he or she attains the age of 18.
Here are the 3 ways you can can register with NHIF:
- Register via phone
- Register through the NHIF portal
- Register physically at any of the 95 branches countrywide or a Huduma Center near you
NHIF registration via phone
- Dial *155# ussd code
- Select preferred language i.e English or Kiswahili
- Select ‘National Health Scheme’
- Enter your ID Number
- Accept the option ‘Register now’
- Enter year of birth
- Select the National Health Scheme option
- Select either the employee or self employed option.
- If employed, key in the employer code.(Get this code from your employer)
- Select marital status i.e single or married
- Select county
- Select the nearest branch
- Once you confirm your details, your membership number will be sent to you via message.
NHIF registration online
Below is the process of NHIF registration through the selfcare online portal
- Visit the NHIF registration portal
- Select the ‘not registered’ button.
- Enter your National ID Number
- Enter your Date of Birth
- Enter your phone number
- Enter your employer code if employed. if self-employed leave it blank
- Enter the county you reside in
- Enter the nearest NHIF branch
- Click on the register button
- A membership number will be generated which will be sent via SMS
NHIF registration requirements
You can apply for NHIF in a branch near you or at any Huduma center countrywide. To register, ensure you carry the following requirements:
- Copy of ID or passport or Alien card
- Copy of spouse ID if married
- Copy of marriage certificate or sworn affidavit from magistrate court or an advocate that states you are married or living together as husband and wife.
- Copy of birth certificate for children above 7 months or birth notification for children 6 months and below
- A registration fee of Ksh 1500, this being contributions for three months. This is applicable to self-employed persons only.
- For employed persons ,attach evidence to show you are in formal employment. e.g. letter of appointment or letter from employer. Your initial contribution will be deducted by your employer from your salary.
- Download, fill and submit a registration form.
- Once you have registered, you will be issued with a membership number.
Your account will start working 60 days from the date you register, subject to having paid the monthly payments. To check its status and choose a hospital , dial the ussd code *155# and follow the prompts.
How much do I need to register for NHIF?
To register for NHIF, you need to pay a first time fee of Ksh 1,500 .This is the total monthly contribution for 3 months as each month is Ksh 500.
Can you have two NHIF accounts?
You can have two accounts if you are the main contributor (principal member) in one account while the other you are the dependant. i.e. either spouse or child.
NHIF biometric registration
In keeping up with changing times, NHIF has introduced biometric registration and verification for all persons above 7 years. Upon seeking treatment at any accredited hospital, your fingerprints will be verified to confirm that indeed you are the right person accessing treatment. This is to curb fraudulent use of your NHIF card to ensure sustainability of government funds for achievement of UHC.
To have your biometrics captured, visit an a branch or Huduma centre near you or in any accredited hospital countrywide. Upon biometric registration, you do not need to carry your NHIF card with you while seeking treatment. Just carry your ID and the hospital will verify your fingerprints for confirmation.