In a bid to implement Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY) in Telangana with immediate effect, the National Health Authority (NHA) has signed an MoU with the Government of Telangana.
The Ayushman Bharat scheme has been integrated with the existing state scheme of ‘Aarogyasri’. The converged scheme will be called Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY Aarogyasri.
With the launch of Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY in Telangana, the scheme has been further expanded and now encompasses 33 states and union territories. The converged scheme to cover approximately 26 lakh beneficiary families or around 1.3 crore individuals as per Socio-Economic Caste Census, 2011 data will be eligible to avail services under the scheme in the State.
Beneficiaries are entitled to avail free healthcare coverage of up to Rs 5 lakhs per family a year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation. Health services can be availed in any of the 22, 000 empanelled public and private hospitals across the country through the scheme’s portability feature. NHA along with State Health Agency will undertake necessary action to ensure that all eligible beneficiaries are provided free healthcare services under the converged scheme.
“We are happy to onboard the state of Telangana for the rollout of AB PM-JAY in the state. The beneficiaries from the state are now eligible to avail of free healthcare services pan India through our network of more than 22,000 hospitals. This is not only going to benefit the eligible families in the state but will also enable the delivery of healthcare services to PM-JAY beneficiaries from other states/UTs living in Telangana,” said Dr RS Sharma, CEO, NHA.
“The providers’ base has also increased. Our call center has started getting calls from the eligible population in the State. We are committed to taking the benefit of the scheme to all eligible beneficiaries, Sharma added.
While the eligible population of the state would benefit from free healthcare services across the country, the launch of a converged scheme will lead to effective utilisation of resources for providing quality healthcare services. NHA will provide several auxiliary supports to State Health Agency (SHA), including related to fraud and abuse control. A beneficiary can call the toll-free number 14555 to know about their eligibility under the scheme and information on how to avail of services.