Assam becomes first State in Eastern India to sign MoU for Ayushman Bharat
Guwahati: Health Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma is positive about the progress made by the Atal Amrit Abhiyan scheme and the progresses made so far.
Addressing the media, Sarma talked about the Ayushman Bharat – National Health Protection Scheme – which intends to cover the poor and vulnerable families providing coverage up to 5 lakh rupees per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization. This scheme is aimed to help the poor and needy of the state.
The good news is that Assam has become the first state in Eastern India to sign MoU with the centre for implementing Ayushman Bharat. The scheme will subsume the on-going centrally sponsored schemes - Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) and the Senior Citizen Health Insurance Scheme (SCHIS).
Dr. Sarma presented the physical and financial progress of Atal Amrit Abhiyan up to 20th May, 2018,
Some basic information on the progress of Atal Amrit Abhiyan in Assam:
- A total of 1.5 Crore (approx.) people have been enrolled under the Scheme against which 1.19 crore cards (includes minors) have been distributed.
- District kiosks have been set up and are operational in all the districts of Assam. Additional enrolment kiosks have also been set up at government medical college and hospitals for facilitating urgent issue of cards at the hospital premises itself.
- All the districts where the enrollment is less than 65%, two kits per Block are being deployed for further enrolment in a phased manner.
- The cashless scheme was launched on 18th April, 2018.
Post launch status of cashless mode:
- Hospital Kiosks manned by Arogya Mitras have been established in all empanelled hospitals within and outside Assam which are operational 24*7.
- District hospitals and Arogya Mitras have been notified as referral centres with the superintendant as the nodal officer.
- Further linkages with 104/108 services have been established.
- Amrit pharmacies in Govt medical college and hospitals have been asked to keep stock of required drugs, consumables including implants and devices under the scheme.
- SOPs have been designed for both internal and external procedure of Atal Amrit Abhiyan.
- Training manual and training schedules have been provided to all empanelled hospitals.
- Govt medical college and hospitals along with district hospitals have been provided with computers, printers, scanners and internet connectivity.
- Toll free number serviced by a 24*7 call centre is operational.
- Imprest cash of Rs. 2 lakh each to other Govt Medical Colleges of the state have been released for utilization under the scheme, guidelines for utilising the imprest money have been issued to the hospital authorities.
- Financial bids for engagement of travel agencies for booking of Air tickets for the beneficiaries for treatment outside Assam have been opened and finalization of the agencies is under process.
File Photo of Himanta Biswa Sarma at the Press conference