Rajasthan Agrees To Implement Ayushman Bharat Scheme
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Now people of Rajasthan can get the free healthcare services in their State under the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship health insurance scheme. The much awaited green signal from Rajasthan Government has given official go-ahead to implement Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) in the State.
On Friday, Rajasthan government’s Additional Chief Secretary (Health), Rohit Singh informed the senior officials of National Health Authority about the approval for implementation of AB-PMJAY in the State, said the Union Health Ministry official.
The AB-PMJAY will be integrated with Rajasthan’s existing state health scheme, Bhamashah Swasthya Bima Yojana (BSBY), he said.
Confirming the development, Dr Indu Bhushan, CEO, AB- PMJAY and National Health Authority told TheHealth, “In Rajasthan, all beneficiaries will get the benefit of health insurance cover of up to Rs. 5,00,000 per family per year. In addition, there are many PMJAY beneficiaries who are not covered in BSBY, they will get the benefits. Beneficiaries will also get national portability.”
“The National Health Authority has been constantly working closely with the Rajasthan Government in finding approaches to seamlessly integrate BSBY with AB-PMJAY. We have got the approval of Additional Chief Secretary, Health, Rajasthan that they are ready to execute AB-PMJAY in the State. We are very happy with the outcome and have assured all possible support including technical and policy-related assistance to Rajasthan government,” Dr Bhushan said.
The Good Joint-effort:
Currently, Rajasthan is providing benefits to 97 Lakh families under the BSBY scheme, and many of the eligible families under AB-PMJAY are already covered under BSBY. All eligible families under BSBY and AB-PMJAY will be made eligible to avail health benefits up to Rs. 5 Lakh per year under the scheme.
As far as the technology-related aspects are concerned in rolling-out the scheme, Rajasthan will continue the current software implementation, and systemic API based integration with solution suite of NHA for benefits to be delivered through AB-PMJAY is envisaged to be done, informed the official.
Health Packages Mapping:
Rajasthan government will run a package mapping exercise to ensure all packages specified under PM-JAY are mapped with the packages in BSBY. However, similar to any state running AB-PMJAY, Rajasthan has complete flexibility to expand beyond the AB-PMJAY packages.
“NHA team will provide full support for this activity to the State team, wherever required. For all the hospitals already registered in Rajasthan with BSBY, NHA shall facilitate that no duplicate process of re-registration is required,” informed the official.