Guwahati, December 26: on account of former Prime Minister Atal Bihar Vajpayee’s 92nd birthday that is on Sunday, Assam’s Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal launched a health insurance scheme named as 'Atal-Amrit Abhiyan' at a function in Guwahati. This scheme will provide coverage against several critical illnesses.
Notably, this insurance scheme will give comprehensive coverage for six diseases and cover all individuals in eligible families with annual income below Rs 5 lakh both Below Poverty Line (BPL) and Above Poverty Line (APL). Under its six categories of diseases, are 437 ailments relating to cardiovascular diseases, cancer, kidney diseases, neo-natal diseases, neurological conditions and burns.
Coverage under the scheme will be up to Rs 2 lakh annually for critical health care costs. The assurance will be cashless at the point of delivery and all the members of an eligible family will be given a laminated health card with unique identification number to avail of facilities.
On this occasion, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said, “Health remains a commitment for the present government and with the launching of Atal-Amrit Abhiyan, access to quality treatment will be a reality for all the citizens.” Emphasising that ‘health is wealth’, Sonowal said Atal-Amrit Abhiyan is an endeavour of the government to make quality healthcare affordable to every individual member of a family, thereby helping them enjoy sound body, mind and health.
With the launching of the scheme, a roadmap for quality and affordable healthcare delivery system has been drawn up, with the Chief Minister calling upon the people to extend all possible help towards success of the scheme.
“It is indeed an honour on the part of the government to have launched a health scheme after the name of Atal Behari Vajpayee, who took several painstaking efforts to include the Northeast in the priorities of the Centre,” Sonowal said. He also said that the scheme has the potential of helping realize the dream of Deendayal Upadhaya to make healthcare facilities accessible and affordable to all.