JK Chief Secretary reviews preparedness for Ayushman Bharat launch in Jammu

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam Thursday called for stepping up efforts at the grassroots level to complete all the required formalities for the formal launch of ambitious national flagship programme Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) in the State on 1st of December 2018.

Taking stock of the preparedness for formal roll-out of AB-PMJAY with all Deputy Commissioners, who are Chairmen of the District Implementation Units (DIUs), through video conferencing here this evening, the Chief Secretary directed for expanding the awareness campaign in their respective districts to get all the beneficiary families enrolled for the scheme and simultaneously making arrangements for the distribution of Golden Cards and Prime Minister of India’s personal letter along with other relevant material on the scheme to every individual beneficiary family.

He directed for devising a comprehensive mechanism for timely delivery of these documents to the beneficiaries through the designated/registered Common Service Centres/Health Centres/ASHA workers, Anganwari Workers or other available mediums and completing the whole exercise of enrollment before the launch of the scheme.

The Chief Secretary asked the Deputy Commissioners to attend to this important task on top priority, organizing immediate meetings with the Chief Medical Officers (Vice Chairmen District Implementation Units) and maintaining close liaison with the State Chief Executive Officer (Mission Director, NHM) for any assistance with regard to the enrolment of beneficiaries, delivery of Golden Cards, Prime Minister’s letters so that all decks are cleared well before the formal launch of scheme.

Principal Secretary, Health & Medical Education, Atal Dulloo Mission Director, National Health Mission, J&K (AB-PMJAY), Bhupinder Kumar, besides team of officials from National Health Agency attended the meeting.

The scheme is aimed at providing health protection cover to poor and vulnerable families to reduce their out-of-pocket expenditure on healthcare. The scheme will provide cashless and paperless access to services for the beneficiaries at the point of service in any empaneled hospitals (both in public and private sector) across the country.

The insurance coverage under AB-PMJAY will be Rs 5 lakh per family per annum. Every family under the Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) database will be entitled to claim the benefits under the scheme with estimated 613648 families and 31,50,959 individual beneficiaries to be covered in JK. The scheme covers 1350 medical packages covering surgery, medical and daycare treatments including medicines and diagnostics. The Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Company is the implementing company for the scheme in the state.

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