There are several methods that employers or individuals can use to pay their accrued penalties. However, most people prefer paying via Mpesa since it is convenient, and does not require them to visit a physical office.
Here are the steps you should follow:
- Go to your M-pesa Menu.
- Click on Lipa Na M-pesa. Select Paybill.
- Enter Business Number(200222).
- Enter your National ID number as the account number and add the letter ‘Y,’ for instance, 12345678y. Use of this letter treats the payment as a penalty.
- Enter the amount to contribute.
- Input your M-pesa PIN and send.
- A confirmation message containing the details of your NHIF payment will be sent to your phone.
How to pay NHIF penalty for employer
If employers fail to remit their workers’ statutory deductions, it is their responsibility to ensure that the penalties are paid in full. It is essential for employees to constantly check their NHIF status to avoid continuous lack of payment and save the situation before it gets out of hand.
For employers wishing to pay an accrued penalty, the amount is generated through the NHIF office. Employers make a direct deposit to the specified bank accounts. These dues can be paid at Kenya Commercial Bank, Equity Bank, National bank, or Cooperative bank.
The penalties have to be paid at the bank branches and not through their agents. Members of the scheme have an allowance of 5 days from the date of paying a late contribution to complete payment of penalties.
How to activate NHIF after defaulting
Once you have cleared all pending payments, you can continue enjoying the benefits of the NHIF medical scheme. Self-employed members who have defaulted for more than 12 months have to register afresh for membership. Employed members must get a letter from the new employer and a duly filled amendment form requesting a change.
There are options available for those who wish to reactivate their NHIF membership. You can pay the principal amount then wait for sixty days before you can resume using the service. If not, you can pay the arrears plus penalties and be activated immediately. However, a waiting period of 60 days will be affected. A charge of KShs 1500 will apply for those who wish to reactivate their card to continue using it. The NHIF penalties for late payments by members of the medical scheme are in place so that clients are keen to honour their monthly commitment, which facilitates the fund’s smooth running. This ensures that every beneficiary receives their due benefits according to the premiums paid.