J-K first in India to cover all residents with free health insurance

Jammu and Kashmir has become the first among Indian states and UTs to offer free health insurance to all its residents.

The universal health coverage plan rolls out today with Prime Minister Narendra Modi launching it in a virtual event.

The scheme called Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (PMJAY) SEHAT will cover 21 lakh families of the UT providing universal health coverage to all.

It will also cover government employees.

“The scheme will provide free of cost insurance cover to all the residents of the UT of Jammu and Kashmir. A financial cover up to Rs five lakh per family will be offered to all residents. The plan envisages extension of the already operational PM Jan Arogya Yojna to 15 lakh additional families to provide full financial protection,” JK administration officials told The Tribune.

The new scheme will operate on insurance mode in convergence with the already operational PM-JAY.

“The most important feature of the scheme is it would be portable across the country which means JK residents can avail of the free health insurance cover in any hospital empaneled under the National PMJAY scheme anywhere in India,” government sources said.

There are at present 24,148 empaneled hospitals under PM JAY.

JK’s new expanded health protection scheme will ensure that all beneficiary families can avail of any of the 1,592 procedures offered by PMJAY.

Sources said the registration for generation of golden cards for all the residents of JK UT under the new scheme had started on September 21 and 14 lakh beneficiaries have already been registered on the Beneficiary Identification System as of today.

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