Maharashtra Public Health Department has issued a notification on 23 May 2020 to include Coronavirus Treatment under its flagship MJPJAY health care scheme. Now all the COVID-19 patients in the state will get free treatment under Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana 2020. Earlier MJPJAY scheme was called as Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayee Arogya Yojana (RGJAY). This decision is taken in the wake of increasing number of COVID-19 patients in the state. All the residents will get cashless health care treatment in 1,000 empanelled hospitals under MJPJAY.
This Coronavirus Treatment under Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana will ensure that no one in the state particularly poor people are deprived of COVID-19 treatment. The MJPJAY scheme was launched to improve access of BPL / APL families to quality medical care for identified specialty services. This includes hospitalization for surgeries and therapies or consultations through an identified network of health care providers. Under this scheme, all COVID-19 patients even those treated in private hospitals will be covered.
The insurance policy/coverage under the MJPJAY can be availed by all eligible beneficiary families residing in any of 36 districts of Maharashtra. Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana covers 971 surgeries / therapies / procedures along with 121 follow up packages in following 30 identified specialized categories.
Maharashtra COVID-19 Treatment under Mahatma Jyoti Phule Jan Arogya Yojana
The state govt. of Maharashtra has decided to include Coronavirus treatment under Mahatma Jyotiba Phule jan Arogya Yojana. For more details about MJPJAY scheme, visit the official website at jeevandayee.gov.in. All diseases under the Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana shall be covered from day one. A person suffering from disease prior to the inception of the policy shall also be covered under approved procedures for that disease.
Who are Eligible for Free Coronavirus Treatment under MJPJAY
All the families belonging to any of 36 districts in Maharashtra holding white ration card, yellow ration card, antyodaya anna yojana card (AAY), annapurna card, orange ration card as well as government employees are eligible. Moreover, farmers from 14 agriculturally distressed districts of Maharashtra (Amravati, Akola, Aurangabad, Buldhana, Beed, Hingoli, Jalna, Nanded, Latur, Osmanabad, Parbhani, Wardha, Washim and Yavatmal) would also be eligible.
Previously, the state govt. of Maharashtra announced that all groceries, milk, vegetables and chemist shops will remain open to avoid panic like situation during COVID-19 lockdown. As another initiative, the state govt. will now provide meals thali at Rs. 5 under Shiv bhojan Yojana for 1 lakh people daily.
As on 26 May 2020, the number of coronavirus cases rises to 1,45,000 in India with 4,167 deaths have been reported so far. Around 60,491 patients have recovered in India. Moreover, Maharashtra is the state with most number of COVID-19 cases which are around 50,231 and 1,635 deaths. In order to deal with the number of rising COVID 19 cases, the state govt. of Maharashtra has made its preparations and is ensuring that all people gets appropriate treatment in the hour of need.
The Maharashtra govt. will provide free healthcare to 100 percent of people under MJPJAY scheme. Earlier 496 hospitals were covered under the scheme but now over 1000 hospitals have been included under the beneficiary scheme of affordable health services.