PM Modi to launch Ayushman Bharat health insurance scheme for residents of Jammu and Kashmir on Dec 26
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch a Ayushman Bharat scheme for all residents of Jammu and Kashmir on December 26 (Saturday). The Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana Sehat (PM-JAY SEHAT) will provide free insurance cover to all residents of the union territory (UT), the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said. The PMO further said in the statement that the scheme would provide financial cover of up to Rs 5 lakh per family on a floater basis.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch Ayushman Bharat ‘PM-JAY SEHAT’ to extend coverage to all the residents of the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir on 26th December, via video conferencing,” the PMO statement said. Union home minister Amit Shah and Jammu and Kashmir’s Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha will be participating in the virtual event.
The statement added the scheme would operate on insurance mode in convergence with Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY). The PM-JAY, which was launched on September 23, 2018 is the world’s largest health insurance/ assurance scheme fully financed by the Centre. It provides a cover of Rs 5 lakh per family annually for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation for public and private enlisted hospitals in the country. More than 10.74 crore poor and vulnerable entitled families are eligible for benefits.
‘PM-JAY SEHAT’ would also ensure universal health coverage along with focus on providing financial risk protection and ensuring quality and affordable essential health services to all individuals and communities.
The benefits of the scheme would be portable across India and hospitals enlisted under PM-JAY would provide services under the new scheme as well, it added.
(With agency inputs)