Telangana won't opt for Centre's Ayushman Bharat scheme 'as of now'; sources say state health model to continue

According to official sources, one of the reasons for Telangana not joining Ayushman Bharat scheme for the time being was because of the state's Aarogyasri scheme that covers nearly 80 lakh families

Press Trust of India September 23, 2018 17:31:10 IST
Telangana won't opt for Centre's Ayushman Bharat scheme 'as of now'; sources say state health model to continue

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

Telangana wont opt for Centres Ayushman Bharat scheme as of now sources say state health model to continue

Representational image. PTI.

"One of the reasons for not joining it for the time being was because of the state's Aarogyasri scheme, that 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 told PTI.

Asked when the Centre's flagship Ayushman Bharat health insurance scheme would be implemented in Telangana, the official said "as of now Aarogyasri scheme will continue," adding Telangana's health coverage model is a robust programme.

The PMJAY aims to provide a coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family annually, benefiting more than 10 crore poor families. Eligible people can avail the benefits in the government and listed private hospitals.

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