Assam government on 10 May 2023 launched Ayushman Asom Mukhyamantri Jan Arogya Yojana 2023. In this scheme, the state govt. will provide a family-floater health assurance offering cashless medical treatment upto Rs. 5 lakh per family per year. Ayushman Asom – Mukhya Mantri Jan Arogya aims to promote accessible and affordable healthcare to all.
About Ayushman Asom Mukhyamantri Jan Arogya Yojana
Ayushman Asom Mukhyamantri Jan Arogya Yojana is an initiative of the Department of Medical Education & Research, Government of Assam. The beneficiaries for Ayushman Asom shall be those who are listed under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) (in other words, possess ration cards linked to Adhaar). The new Ayushman Asom scheme will cover as many as 1578 healthcare procedures in more than 300 empanelled hospitals within the State and all Ayushman Bharat empanelled hospitals across the country. Ayushman Asom – Mukhya Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana shall initially be covering approx. 26 lakh beneficiary families which shall in phases go up to 32 lakh families.
56 lakh families will get cashless insurance up to Rs 5 lakhs under both schemes namely Ayushman Bharat and Ayushman Asom Yojana.
Short Brief on Ayushman Asom Scheme
|Name of Scheme||Ayushman Asom Mukhyamantri Jan Arogya Yojana|
|Who Launch It||CM Himanta Biswa Sarma|
|Date of Launch||10 May 2023|
|Beneficiaries||those who are listed under National Food Security Act (NFSA)|
|Objective||To provide insurance coverage upto Rs. 5 lakh on family floater basis|
|Healthcare Procedures Included||1578|
|Number of beneficiaries||26 lakh in 1st phase, to go upto 32 lakh gradually in phases|
Need for Assam Mukhyamantri Jan Arogya Yojana
PM Narendra Modi’s relentless pursuit of the concept of Antyodaya, meaning the rise of the last person, as formulated by Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay, in day-to-day governance, was the motivating factor behind Mukhya Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana launched today. Owing to certain limitations, a significant numbers of families belonging to the economically-disadvantaged sections were left out of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, which also offers cashless healthcare treatment benefits of upto Rs. 5 lakh per family per year.
CM stated that the new Ayushman Asom Yojana will cover around 26 lakh uncovered families which would ensure that all economically vulnerable families of the state are covered by either Ayushman Bharat or Ayushman Asom scheme. Atal Amrit Abhiyan Society would be responsible for the day-to-day operations of Ayushman Asom Scheme. Beneficiary families shall be able to lead a more dignified and fruitful life from now onwards as their healthcare expenditure woes would drastically go down.
Improvement of Health Sector in Assam
Referring to Ayushman Asom – Mukhya Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana and Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana as reflections of “double-engine government”, the Chief Minister remarked that the current dispensations at the Centre and in the State have been relentlessly working towards socio-economic empowerment of disadvantaged sections of the society and that today’s launch of Ayushman Asom, along with previously launched schemes such as Mission Basundhara, Mission Bhumiputra, among others are manifestations of that very commitment.
The Chief Minister also stated that improvement of the healthcare sector has been one of the priority areas of the current State government led by him. He said the recent inauguration of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences at Changsari, along with a number of new medical colleges and hospitals across the State, shall lead to a never-before-seen positive change in the State’s healthcare sector in days to come.
Mukhyamantri Lok Seva Arogya Yojana in Assam
Chief Minister also declared the rollout of Mukhya Mantri Lok Seva Arogya Yojana, a healthcare benefit scheme for employees of the Government of Assam from 15 August 2023. This Lok Seva Arogya scheme would do away with the cumbersome process of reimbursement for medical treatment expenses borne by employees on themselves and their dependents.