India’s flagship health programme, Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana completed 3 years on Thursday.
Three years ago, on this day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyaan, also known as Ayushman Bharat or the National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) or Modicare.
The scheme provides health cover of Rs 5 lakh annually to vulnerable families aims at benefiting over 10 crore poor families. Not everyone, only economically deprived people could avail the benefit of free medical insurance, the Modicare guidelines said.
Rejoicing over the third anniversary of the Ayushman Bharat scheme, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Thursday said that it has been three years of service and prosperity.
The health minister said that the scheme has provided free treatment facilities to crores of people and is proving to be a boon for the poor. This scheme is ensuring better treatment to the poor who could not access expensive treatment and medicines, Mandaviya tweeted.
He also said that the AB PM-JAY is the largest health insurance scheme in the world enabling 50 crore beneficiaries to get free healthcare.
Mandaviya will chair the virtual inaugural session of the third anniversary of AB PM-JAY today which will be celebrated as ‘Arogya Manthan 3.0’.
Eligibility criteria for Rurals
The family should be SC/ST households and living in one room with ‘kuchcha walls and kuchcha roof’
The family should be female-headed with no adult male member in the 16-59 age group.
The families having at least one disabled member and no able-bodied adult member
Manual scavenger families, Primitive tribal groups and legally-released bonded labourer are eligible for the benefits of the scheme.
Eligibility criteria for Urbans
Beggar, Rag picker, domestic worker, washer-man/chowkidar, sweeper/sanitation worker/gardener, electrician/mechanic/assembler/repair worker, home-based worker/artisan/handicrafts worker/tailor.
Construction worker/plumber/mason/ labour/ painter/welder/security guard/coolie and other head-load workers, street vendor/cobbler/hawker/other service provider working on streets.
Transport worker/driver/conductor/helper/cart puller/rickshaw puller, shop worker/assistant/peon in small establishment/delivery assistant/attendant/waiter.
Benefits of Ayushman Bharat scheme
The scheme offers 25% specialty categories and it covers 1,354 medical and surgical packages.
The cost will be covered by the highest package in case of multiple surgeries
The PMJAY also covers the treatment cost of chemotherapy for 50 types of cancer.
How to avail scheme?
Step 1: Visit the official government website
Step 2: Click on Am I Eligible tab
Step 3: Enter your phone number, CAPTCHA code and click on the button – generate OTP.
Step 4: Submit the required details
Step 5: If your family is covered under PMJAY, your name will flash on the screen