How to Check NHIF Status in Kenya (2022 Update)

This article will show you how to check the NHIF balance via SMS in 2022.

The National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) is a social health insurance scheme established in Kenya under the Ministry of Health. It was created in 1966 to provide financial access to quality health care services for all Kenyans.

The NHIF is compulsory for all salaried workers and optional self-employed individuals, and it covers a wide range of health services, including hospitalization, maternity, outpatient, and primary care. The NHIF has also expanded its coverage to include non-communicable diseases such as cancer and diabetes in recent years. The fund is financed through monthly contributions from members, government, and development partners.

It is now possible to check your NHIF status from the comfort of your home directly on your phone. Gone are the days when you used to visit their offices and wait for hours to confirm if you were covered or not.

The service can be accessed by anyone registered with NHIF in Kenya. The response will show your NHIF status as long as you have contributed in the past.

How to check NHIF Status on Phone

Here is how to check your NHIF status via SMS in 2022:

  1. To check your NHIF status, you need an active mobile phone.
  2. Type ID and your National ID Number, for example, ID 12345678
  3. Then send that message to 21101
  4. Please note that it will cost you 10 shillings to send this SMS, so make sure your phone number has enough airtime, or else the message will fail.

NHIF will send you a message about your status if it goes through, including the hospital you registered with and your last contribution date.

It will also notify you if you are covered or not.

That’s it. You can find NHIF rates in another article on this blog.

Checking NHIF Status via SMS conclusion

The National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) is a government health insurance scheme launched in 1966 to provide medical cover for Kenyans. It is available only to residents of Kenya. It helps people with their healthcare bills by paying for their bills at approved hospitals, pharmacists, clinics, or authorized health providers.

This guide outlined how to check NHIF status via SMS in 2022; let me know if there is any problem.

How to Check NHIF Status Summary

In summary, checking your NHIF status in Kenya has changed, and you can now do it via SMS. NHIF has enabled many Kenyans to access quality healthcare services by paying for their medical bills. If you are a Kenyan resident, I urge you to sign up for the scheme and enjoy its benefits.

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Anne Katana
Anne Katana
I am a student of history. In my free time, I enjoy sharing my passion and experiences with people through blogging. I started this blog to educate and inspire people globally. So Welcome to Nasonga.



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