Social Security and National Insurance Trust(SSNIT) is a recognized public Trust charged under the National Pensions Act, 2008 Act 766 with the management of Ghana’s Basic National Social Security Scheme.
In this write-up we will be looking at how to renew NHIS card with SSNIT card but first link your nhis card to your ssnit card. let continue with a brief discussion about this trust. The Trust was established in 1972 under NRCD 127 to administer the National Social Security Scheme.
Preliminary to 1972, the Scheme was administered jointly by the then Department of Pensions and the State Insurance Corporation. The Trust administered the Social Security Scheme as a Provident Fund Scheme until 1991 when it was converted to a Social Insurance Pension Scheme then governed by the PNDC law 247.
Its duty is to cater for the First Tier of the Three-Tier Pension Scheme. The Trust is currently the largest non-bank financial institution in Ghana.
The scheme in Ghana was reformed by an Act of Parliament, Act 766 of 2008 and was implemented in January 2010 to replace all pension schemes in Ghana including Cap 30. In 2014, the National Pensions (Amendment) Act 883 was passed to amend portions of Act 766.
The primary duty of the Trust is to replace part of lost income of workers in Ghana due to Old Age, Invalidity or Death of a member where dependents receive lump sum payment. It is also responsible for the payment of Emigration benefit to a non-Ghanaian member who is leaving Ghana permanently.
HOW TO LINK NHIS CARD TO SSNIT CARD
- Dial *711*9# on your phone (any type of phone)
- select option 1
- Enter your SSNIT number
- Enter your Email
HOW TO RENEW NHIS CARD WITH SSNIT CARD
- Dial *929# on your phone (any type of phone)
- select option 2
- select NHIS
- Enter your 8 digits NHIS membership number on your card
- click send
- select payment terms
- select SSNIT and Enter your ssnit membership code
- press send and you will be charged Ghc 6.00
FUNCTIONS OF SSNIT
- Register employers and workers
- Collect contributions
- Manage records on members
- Invest the funds of the Scheme
- Process and pay benefits to eligible members and nominated dependents
Contribution Rates under the Social Security Scheme ( Tier 1)
- – Employer – 13.0% from worker basic salary
- – Worker – 5.5% from workers basic salary
- – Total – 18.5%
- Out of the 18.5%, the employer remits 13.5% within 14 days of the ensuing month to SSNIT. 5% is remitted to the Second-Tier Mandatory Occupational Scheme.
- Subsequently, SSNIT also gives 2.5% out of the 13.5% to the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) for the member’s Health Insurance.
- SSNIT effectively withholds 11% for the administration of Tier 1.
- Entry Age of joining the scheme– 15 years (minimum) and 45 years (maximum) only for new entrants (age 45+ to enter mandatory 2nd tier).
- Age Exemption – 55 years and above exempted (option to join)
- Minimum and Maximum contributions indicated and reviewed periodically.
- Investment of Funds – investment policy, external investments permitted.
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