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Khandu launches CM Arogya Arunachal Yojana

Arunachal Chief Minister Pema Khandu giving away an e-card to a beneficiary of CM’s Arogya Arunachal Yojana at Itanagar on Sunday. – Correspondent
 ITANAGAR, Sept 23 - Coinciding with the nationwide roll out of Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) by Prime Minister Narendra Modi towards providing accessible and affordable healthcare to the common man, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu today dedicated to the people of the State, the CM’s Arogya Arunachal Yojana (CMAAY), a universal healthcare scheme of the State Government.

The Chief Minister, in his speech, said that the State’s healthcare scheme will be dovetailed with the Centre’s PMJAY to provide cashless treatment of Rs 5 lakh per family per year. He informed that CMAAY will provide health coverage to those households not covered under PMJAY, adding that the State Government has already released Rs 50 crore for CMAAY implementation.

The Chief Minister said that about 14,000 beneficiaries have already enrolled under CMAAY and 38 people are going through pre-authorisation where 21 claims have already been raised after the discharge of the patients.

Khandu said that the CMAAY was in ready mode months before the formal launch of PMJAY on Sunday. The State’s healthcare scheme has been redesigned and necessary changes incorporated as the earlier CM’s Universal Health Insurance Scheme became a ‘failure’ due to various technical and implementation issues. The present CMAAY scheme offers health coverage in assurance mode instead of earlier insurance mode. Also the health coverage amount in the present scheme has been increased to Rs 5 lakh from the previous Rs 2 lakh.

In Arunachal Pradesh, 88,928 families (out of total of 3.05 lakh) as per 2011 Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) data will be covered under PMJAY and remaining households including State Govt employees, tribal families and non-APSTs of Lohit, Namsai and Changlang districts having land holding certificates will be entitled to get healthcare coverage under the CMAAY, informed Health & Family Welfare Commissioner Dr AC Verma.

Later, the Chief Minister along with Health Minister Alo Libang and Sports & Youth Affairs Minister Dr Mohesh Chai gave away e-cards to 20 beneficiaries.

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