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  • Govt to pay 50% registration fee on behalf of beneficiary

JAMMU: The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met here today under the chairmanship of Governor Shri Satya Pal Malik approved the launch of Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana in the State with effect from 1st December, 2018. The scheme will provide health insurance coverage to about 6.13 lakh families figuring in Socio-Economic Caste Census database to the tune of Rs 5 lakh per family per year with secondary and tertiary care hospitalization.  There will be no cap on family size and all families included in the Socio-Economic and Caste Census will be entitled to claim the benefits.  The scheme offers treatment in any of the 13,000 empanelled hospitals in the country under 1350 medical packages.

Institutional mechanism has already been put in place with the constitution of State Health Agency, District Implementation Units and Grievance Redressal mechanism. Around 136 public and private hospitals have been empanelled in the State.  140 Arogya Mitras have been identified and they have undergone orientation and training programme.  Intensive IEC activities like door-to-door campaign, newspaper advertisements have been started.  IEC activities will be intensified in the coming days.

Golden Cards to all the eligible families are targeted to be issued by 15th December, 2018.   The Golden Cards are being given through empanelled hospitals (free of cost) and through Common Service Centres (CSCs) at a cost of Rs 30.  In order to incentivize the beneficiaries, Government has decided to chip in with 50% cost and the beneficiary has to now pay Rs 15 only instead of Rs 30 to the CSCs for registration. Rs 15 on behalf of the beneficiary will be paid by the Government.