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Ayushman Bharat scheme updates: Initiative will be 'Modi kawach' for poor, says Rajnath Singh

Modi on Sunday launched Centre's Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) in Jharkhand and said that it will benefit over 50 crore people.

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Ayushman Bharat scheme updates: Initiative will be 'Modi kawach' for poor, says Rajnath Singh

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Sept 23, 2018 - 16:11 (IST)

Telangana not part of Ayushman Bharat scheme as of now

Telangana has not joined the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana PMJAY- Ayushman Bharat, launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Jharkhand on Sunday 'as of now' and would continue to implement its health scheme, official sources said.


One of the reasons for not joining it for the time being was because the state's Aarogyasri scheme covers nearly 80 lakh families, official sources said.

"We already have the Aarogyasri scheme. As of now Telangana is not participating in the (central government's) scheme," they said.

PTI

Sept 23, 2018 - 15:58 (IST)

Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad attended the launch of the scheme at Patna

Sept 23, 2018 - 15:48 (IST)
 
Scheme will be 'Modi kawach' for poor: Rajnath Singh in Lucknow
 
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday launched the Centre's flagship Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana PMJAY-Ayushman Bharat in Lucknow, noting that it will prove to be a "Modi kawach" (Modi shield) for the poor.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the national scheme in Jharkhand on Sunday.
 
"Today is a historic day for the country. The scheme will prove to be a 'Modi kawach' (shield) for the poor and will be highly beneficial for them," Singh said at a programme.
 
"Now the poor will not have to beg for the treatment of their family members. The scheme will also create employment opportunities. The Centre has also decided to constitute national digital health authority and will spend 2.5 percent of GDP on health sector," he said.
 
Uttar Pradesh minister of state for health Mahendra Singh said six crore people will be benefited in the state.
 
Governor Ram Naik was also present on the occasion.
 
In Gorakhpur, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath launched the Ayushman Bharat scheme. 
 
PTI

Sept 23, 2018 - 15:43 (IST)

Link for people who wish to check eligibility

People who want to check if they are eligible for the benefits of the scheme can click this link: https://mera.pmjay.gov.in/search/login

Sept 23, 2018 - 15:25 (IST)
Modi govt gave poor people right to live with dignity: Amit Shah
 
Hailing the launch of an ambitious health insurance scheme by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as historic, BJP president Amit Shah Sunday said the government has given the poor the right to live with dignity with its various schemes.
 
He said the poor people are at the centre of the Modi government's projects, which has also launched a scheme to provide them homes besides offering other facilities.
 
The Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana PMJAY-Ayushman Bharat scheme will be the world's biggest health insurance cover, benefiting 50 crore families, he said.
 
They will get quality health care with free treatment costing up to Rs 5 lakh, he said.
 
PTI

Sept 23, 2018 - 15:22 (IST)

1,300 ailments covered under Ayushman Bharat: PIB

Sept 23, 2018 - 15:05 (IST)

Narendra Modi distributes golden cards to beneficiaries

Sept 23, 2018 - 15:00 (IST)

'Entering a new era of healthcare': Devendra Fadnavis

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said India is entering a "new era of health" with the launch of the Ayushman Bharat scheme. He added that the healthcare programme will benefit 50 crore citizens and is the "world's greatest one".

Sept 23, 2018 - 14:56 (IST)

Rajnath Singh attends event to mark launch of scheme in Lucknow
 

Sept 23, 2018 - 14:52 (IST)

No cap on family size and age in the Ayushman Bharat scheme

There is no cap on family size and age in the scheme, ensuring that nobody is left out, according to the official statement. One would only need to establish one's identity to avail benefits under the scheme and it could be through Aadhaar card or election ID card or ration card.

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Ayushman Bharat launch LATEST updates: Hailing the launch of an ambitious health insurance scheme by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as historic, BJP president Amit Shah Sunday said the government has given the poor the right to live with dignity with its various schemes.

Modi on Sunday launched Centre's flagship Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) in Jharkhand and said that it will benefit over 50 crore people.

He also said that 1.5 lakh wellness centres will be opened in the country in the next four years. Describing it as a "game changer", Modi said the scheme was a step towards serving the poor people of the country and it would come into effect from Sunday.

"Some call it Modicare, some call it a scheme for the poor. It is definitely a scheme to serve the poor," he said.

Union minister JP Nadda said that the scheme will be completely "paperless" and "cashless". The scheme will bring a major change in India's healthcare sector, he added.

The ambitious scheme, renamed the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyan (PMJAY), aims to provide a coverage of Rs five lakh per family annually, benefiting more than 10.74 crore poor families for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation through a network of Empanelled Health Care Providers.

Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das said the scheme will benefit about 57 lakh families in the state. Talking to ANI, Das said, "It is our good fortune that Ayushman Bharat is being launched from Jharkhand. I congratulate Prime Minister Narendra Modi for this. In the state, 57 lakh families will be covered under this scheme. All arrangements have been made."

He added that 106 private hospitals and 217 government-run clinics have been listed under the scheme, where people can avail medical facilities.

The scheme will provide cashless and paperless access to services for the beneficiary at the point of service. It will help reduce expenditure for hospitalisations which impoverishes people and will help mitigate the financial risk arising out of catastrophic health episodes. Eligible people can avail the benefits in government and listed private hospitals.

"71st Round of National Sample Survey Organization (NSSO) has found 85.9 percent of rural households and 82 percent of urban households have no access to healthcare insurance/assurance.

"More than 17 percent of Indian population spend at least 10 percent of household budgets for health services. Catastrophic healthcare related expenditure pushes families into debt. More than 24 percent households in rural India and 18 per cent population in urban area have met their healthcare expenses through some sort of borrowing," an official statement said.

Ayushman Bharat scheme updates Initiative will be Modi kawach for poor says Rajnath Singh

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The scheme will target poor, deprived rural families and identified occupational category of urban workers' families, 8.03 crore in rural and 2.33 crore in urban areas, as per the latest Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) data. It will cover around 50 crore people.

The entitlement is being decided on the basis of deprivation criteria in the SECC database. The beneficiaries are identified based on the deprivation categories (D1, D2, D3, D4, D5, and D7) identified under the SECC database for rural areas. For the urban areas, the 11 occupational criteria will determine entitlement.

In addition, the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna (RSBY) beneficiaries in states where it is active are also included.

There is no cap on family size and age in the scheme, ensuring that nobody is left out. One would only need to establish one's identity to avail benefits under the scheme and it could be through Aadhaar card or election ID card or ration card. Having an Aadhaar card is not mandatory.

In case of hospitalisation, members of the beneficiary families do not need to pay anything under the scheme, provided one goes to a government or an empanelled private hospital.

"The objectives are to reduce out of pocket hospitalisation expenses, fulfil unmet needs and improve access of identified families to quality inpatient care and day care surgeries," the statement stated.

The National Health Agency (NHA), the apex body implementing the AB-NHPM, has launched a website and a helpline number to help prospective beneficiaries check if their name is there in the final list.

One can visit mera.pmjay.gov.in or call up the helpline (14555) to check their enrolment. A beneficiary needs to key in his or her mobile number, which is verified through an OTP and then complete the KYC (know your customer) online without any need for human interface with other documents.

Each empanelled hospital will have an 'Ayushman Mitra' to assist patients and will coordinate with beneficiaries and the hospital. They will run a help desk, check documents to verify the eligibility and enrolment to the scheme.

All the beneficiaries will be given letters having QR codes which will be scanned and a demographic authentication conducted for identification and to verify his or her eligibility to avail the benefits of the scheme.

Modi had announced the launch of the scheme from ramparts of the Red Fort during his Independence day speech. As many as 30 states and Union Territories have signed MoUs with the Centre and will implement the programme over the next two to three months, after its launch Sunday.

Remaining states and UTs which include Telangana, Odisha, Delhi, Kerala and Punjab have not signed, so the scheme will not be implemented there till they come on board.

With inputs from agencies

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