The National Health Agency (NHA), under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on July 31, 2018 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Common Service Centres (CSC) scheme under the Digital India Programme.
The MoU was signed with an aim to provide information and eligibility validation services to beneficiaries of the Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM), especially in remote areas.
The National Health Agency is the apex body for the implementation of Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM).
The MoU was signed by Dr Indu Bhushan, CEO of National Health Agency (NHA) and Dr Dinesh Tyagi, CEO of Common Service Centres-SPV.
As the benefits under AB-NHPM are based on entitlement and not on enrolment, over 3 lakh Common Service Centres spread across the rural India can become the key point of information for potential beneficiaries and help in validating their entitlement.
Highlights of the MoU
• This integration will not only create more accessibility and transparency in the beneficiary validation process, but will also spread awareness among the targeted beneficiaries.
• The network of CSCs is the cornerstone of Digital India and they will provide support to the Ayushman Bharat mission for building a healthy India.
• The identity and registrations of beneficiaries would be done through CSCs.
• CSC will be provided access to Beneficiary Identification System (BIS), which helps in confirming application from ‘entitled’ beneficiaries using SECC and RSBY databases.
• Validation of entitled beneficiary through BIS will ensure timely information up to the last mile, facilitating benefits under Ayushman Bharat.
The BIS has already been designed and the pilot testing is underway across various States.
About Ayushman Bharat- National Health Protection Mission
Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) aims to cover over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries) providing coverage up to Rs 5 lakh per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation.
Key Features of the Mission
• The scheme will have a defined benefit cover of Rs. 5 lakh per family per year.
• There will be no cap on family size and age under the scheme.
• The cover will take care of almost all secondary care and tertiary care procedures.
• The benefits cover will also include pre and post-hospitalisation expenses. All pre-existing conditions will be covered from day one of the policy.
• A defined transport allowance per hospitalization will also be paid to the beneficiary.
• The scheme will also allow the beneficiary to take cashless benefits from any public or private empanelled hospitals across the country.
• The scheme aims to target over 10 crore families belonging to poor and vulnerable population based on the 2011 Socio-Economic and Caste Census database.
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