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GOVERNMENT EXTENDS AYUSHMAN BHARAT HEALTH SCHEME TO CENTRAL ARMED POLICE FORCES

GOVERNMENT EXTENDS AYUSHMAN BHARAT HEALTH SCHEME TO CENTRAL ARMED POLICE FORCES

Context

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has launched the Ayushman CAPF health scheme.

Details

  • By May 1, the ‘Ayushman CAPF’ process will be completed by offering health cards to all the personnel of the seven central police forces.
  • Under the initiative ‘Ayushman CAPF’, around 28 lakh personnel from Central Armed Police Force (CAPF), Assam Rifles and NSG and their families will be covered by the ‘Ayushman Bharat: Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana’.

What is Ayushman Bharat or National Health Protection Scheme?

  • It aims to cover over 10 crore vulnerable families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries) and provide health cover up to Rs 5 lakh per family per year.
  • The programme is being touted as the world’s largest health protection scheme.
  • The benefits of the scheme are portable across the country and a beneficiary covered under the scheme will be allowed to take cashless benefits from any public/private empanelled hospitals across the country.

Who is covered under Ayushman Bharat or NHPS?

  • The scheme will aim to target over 10 crore families based on SECC (Socio-Economic Caste Census) database.
  • To ensure that nobody from the vulnerable group is left out of the benefit cover, there will be no cap on family size and age in ‘Ayushman Bharat’ scheme.
  • The insurance scheme will cover pre and post-hospitalization expenses.

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