Aadhaar card is not compulsory to avail benefits for the first time under Ayushman Bharat – PM Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) but it is now made mandatory for those seeking treatment under PMJAY scheme for the second time. This decision comes as an aftermath of the decision of Supreme Court (SC) in which SC declares aadhaar as constitutionally valid. Now aadhar card is a recognized identity proof and thus govt. makes aadhaar mandatory for 2nd time treatment under Ayushman Bharat Yojana.
If the aadhaar number is not available with the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana beneficiaries, then such candidates does not need to worry. Such AB-PMJAY beneficiaries can just provide documents to prove that they have enrolled for 12 digit unique identification number. This decision will ensure that only the eligible beneficiaries avail the benefits of mega National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) and nobody is left out.
This decision is in accordance with the notification of National Health Agency, which is responsible for implementing the Ayushman Bharat – PM Jan Arogya Yojana.
Aadhaar Mandatory for 2nd Time Treatment – Ayushman Bharat (PMJAY)
Central govt. has now made it compulsory to possess aadhaar number to avail benefits of heath insurance for 2nd time under AB-NHPM scheme. The official statement stated that “We are studying the Supreme Court order. Aadhaar number or at-least documents to prove that one has enrolled for 12-digit unique identity number will be mandatory to seek treatment under the scheme for the second time”. However for the first time, one can either show their aadhaar card or voter card or ration card or golden card to avail Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana scheme benefits.
The Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) was renamed as AB-PMJAY and was launched pan-India by the Prime Minister from Jharkhand on 23 September 2018. Till date, around 47,000 people have already availed the benefits of world’s largest health insurance scheme PM Jan Arogya Yojana. Moreover, around 92,000 people have already been given golden cards to avail treatment at NHPM package rates in govt. / private empanelled hospitals.
Under AB-PMJAY scheme, there is no restriction on the size of family, age, gender and is going to benefit 10.74 crore poor families. Under this Ayushman Bharat Yojana, govt. aims to provide Rs. 5 lakh per family per annum for secondary & tertiary hospitalization through a network of Empanelled Health Care Providers (EHCP).
The PMJAY will provide cashless and paperless access to services for the beneficiary at the point of service. The basis of selection of beneficiaries for Ayushman Bharat scheme is only deprivation rather then caste or religion or communities. This NHPS scheme includes 8.03 crore in rural areas and 2.33 crore in urban areas as per Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) 2011 data.
NHA official said that around 98% of the total beneficiaries have been identified. People can also check their name in the PM Jan Arogya Yojana list of beneficiaries to avail scheme benefits. Around 14,000 hospitals across the country have been empanelled for this Ayushman Bharat health insurance scheme. Till date, around 32 states and union territories have signed MoUs with the center and will implement this programme. Telangana, Odisha, Delhi and Kerala have still not signed MoUs for the implementation of this scheme.