The Assam Government on 25 December 2016 launched the Atal Amrit Abhiyan health insurance scheme. The scheme was launched by the State Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at a function held in the conference hall of the Assam Secretariat.
With this launch, Assam joined other States that like Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan that are implementing comprehensive health insurance schemes.
Key features of Atal Amrt Abhiyan
• Its objective is to provide healthcare services to poor sections of the society.
• It covers all individuals in eligible families with an annual income below Rs 5 lakh. The scheme doesn’t discriminate between the below poverty line (BPL) and above poverty line (APL) population.
• The scheme covers 437 diseases that were further segregated into six major disease groups.
• The six major disease groups that covered under this scheme are cardiovascular diseases, cancer, kidney diseases, neo-natal diseases, neurological conditions and burns.
• The coverage under the scheme will be up to Rs 2 lakh annually for critical healthcare costs and the payments will be made through cashless mode at the point of delivery.
• The beneficiaries of the scheme will be given a laminated health card with a unique identification number to avail facilities.
• An independent society under the Department of Health and Family Welfare will be set up to oversee the functioning of the scheme.
• The scheme will be implemented with a financial out lay of Rs 200 crore.
Why was the scheme named as Atal Amrit Abhiyan?
• The scheme was launched on 25 December 2016 to mark the 92nd birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
• Atal Behari Vajpayee is one of the few prime ministers who made several painstaking efforts to include the North East in the agenda of priorities of the Union Government.
• During the Vajpayee-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, the Department of North East Region (DoNER) was set up to coordinate the development projects in the region.
• Similarly, the Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) initiative was launched by the NDA government in 1998 to carry forward unspent balance in a given financial year.