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Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana: Cabinet approves restructuring of National Health Agency as "National Health Authority"

The existing budget that was approved earlier by the Union Cabinet for the National Health Agency including costs related to IT, human resources, infrastructure, and operational costs would be utilised by the proposed National Health Authority. No new funds were sanctioned for the new entity.

Jan 3, 2019 11:01 IST
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The Union Cabinet on January 2, 2019 approved the restructuring of existing National Health Agency as "National Health Authority" for better implementation of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY).

With the approval, the existing ‘National Health Agency’ was dissolved and was replaced by the ‘National Health Authority’ as an attached office to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

National Health Authority and its composition

The National Health Agency, a multi-tier decision making structure, was replaced with National Health Authority, the Governing Board chaired by the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, JP Nadda.

The National Health Authority will enable the decision making at a faster pace, required for smooth implementation of the scheme.

The composition of the new Governing Board is broad based with due representations from the Government, domain experts, etc.

The States will also be represented in the Governing Board on rotational basis.

No new funding

The existing budget that was approved earlier by the Union Cabinet for the National Health Agency including costs related to IT, human resources, infrastructure, and operational costs would be utilised by the proposed National Health Authority. No new funds were sanctioned for the new entity.

Better implementation of "Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana"

The National Health Authority will have full accountability, authority and mandate to implement the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) through an efficient, effective and transparent decision-making process.

The Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, considered as the world's largest health insurance programme, was launched pan-India by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Jharkhand on September 23, 2018.

Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (Ayushman Bharat or AB-NHPM): What?

Ayushman Bharat, the government-sponsored health insurance scheme, provides free coverage of up to Rs 5 lakh per family per year in any government or even empanelled private hospitals all over India.

The Ayushman Bharat programme is funded with 60 percent contribution from the Centre and the remaining from the states.

The benefit cover includes pre and post-hospitalisation expenses. All pre-existing conditions are covered from day one of the policy.

A defined transport allowance per hospitalisation is also paid to the beneficiary.

The payment for treatment is done on package rate which is defined by the Government in advance basis. The package rates include all the costs associated with treatment. The States and UTs have the flexibility to modify these rates within a limited bandwidth.

For beneficiaries, it is a cashless and paper less transaction.

Why?

Launched with an aim to help the poor and the economically deprived, the scheme is available for 10.74 crore beneficiary families and about 50 crore Indian citizens.

This scheme aims to strengthen the healthcare services in India. Around 13000 hospitals in the country have been coordinated for the implementation of the scheme.

The scheme also aims to target poor and vulnerable population of the country, based on the Socio Economic and Caste Census 2011 (SECC) database. There will be no cap on family size and age in the scheme.

The scheme allows the beneficiary to take cashless benefits from any public or private empanelled hospitals across the country.

Who?

The scheme works in partnership with NITI Aayog to operationalise a robust, modular and interoperable IT platform which will involve a paperless and cashless transaction.

The former 'National Health Agency', the apex body implementing the scheme, launched a website 'mera.pmjay.gov.in' for implementation of the scheme.

PM Modi launches Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana

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