Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare J P Nadda on Monday said 29 states and UTs have signed the MoU and started working on implementation of the Ayushman Bharat – PradhanMantri Jan ArogyaYojna(AB-PMJAY, the Centre’s flagship national health protection scheme
The pilots have started in 16 States / UTs. Other states/UTs will also start pilots before fully launching the scheme on 25thSeptember, Nadda said while speaking during a press conference.
The Health Minister further said that no enrolment is required for beneficiaries and there is no payment for obtaining services at empaneled hospitals. Criminal cases will be charged against fraudulent websites and agents trying to collect money from beneficiaries, he added.
Reiterating the commitment of his Government, the Union Health Minister said the objectives of the AB-PMJAY is to reduce out of pocket hospitalisation expenses, fulfil unmet needs and improve access of identified families to quality inpatient care and day care surgeries.
The services will include more than 1300 procedures covering pre and post hospitalization, diagnostics, medicines etc., and the beneficiaries will be able to move across borders and access services across the country through the provider network seamlessly, Nadda stated.
ArogyaMitras training is being conducted in collaboration with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and Ministry of Skill Development to strengthen implementation and operational preparedness, he stated.
The minister observed that once a person will be identified as an eligible beneficiary, a card will be issued to him or her to avail annual health cover facility of up to Rs 5 lakh.
Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyan, known also as Ayushman Bharat scheme, will be launched across the country from September 25.
The Minister also unveiled PMJAY logo to media.