Ayushman Bharat benefits and Aadhar
Laying Brick By Brick PMRSSM foundation to bring poor and vulnerable apt health care cover with Ayushman Bharat. Seen in File picture isPrime Minister Narendra Modi offering Shramdaan for the construction of a twin pit toilet at Shahanshahpur village in Varanasi

Process for Beneficiary Identification and Issuance of e-card under PMRSSM to begin; Use of Aadhaar in Ayushman Bharat – Desirable and not “Must”

PMRSSM is to target about 10.74 crore poor, deprived rural families and identified occupational category of urban workers’ families as per the latest Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) data, both rural and urban. While Process for Beneficiary Identification and Issuance of e-card under PMRSSM is all set to begin, some newspapers have reported recently that the use of Aadhaar Card will be a “must” to avail benefits under the Ayushman BharatNational Health Protection Mission.

“This is factually incorrect,” says a communique issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. According to the said release- Notification of the Ayushman Bharat – National Health Protection Mission being issued by MoHFW under Section 7 of the Aadhaar Act, merely enables the implementation agencies to ask for the beneficiary Aadhaar Card to authenticate their identity. In order to authenticate the identity of beneficiaries accurately, the use of Aadhaar card is preferable, but it is not a “must”.

“There shall be no denial of benefit for want of Aadhaar number,” it adds.

The Union Health Minister J P Nadda confirmed that “We will provide services to all eligible beneficiaries with or without Aadhaar cards.”

The draft notification also provides for exception handling mechanism, viz production of alternate identification mechanisms such as Ration Card, Voter ID Card, MGNREGA Card etc. (as mentioned in the notification) in case the beneficiary does not have an Aadhaar No. Furthermore, it also makes the implementation agencies accountable for setting up of Aadhaar enrollment centers for the beneficiaries who are not yet enrolled for Aadhaar, at convenient locations.

ABNHPM guidelines on beneficiary identification very clearly state that beneficiaries can bring Aadhar or any other valid government id(s) decided by the State if they do not have an Aadhaar.

News Update| 31 July 2018| CSC To Register Ayushman Bharat Beneficiaries

Common Service Center (CSC) and National Health Accounts (NHA) signed an MoU to implement the Ayushman Bharat scheme through 3 lakh Common Service Centers (CSCs) across the country on 31 July 2018 in the presence of Minister of Electronics & IT and Law & Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Jagat Prakash Nadda, Minister of Health and Family Welfare.
Ayushman Bharat is National Health Protection Scheme, which will cover over 10 crore poor vulnerable families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries) providing coverage of up to 5 lakh rupees (per family per year) for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation.
Common Service Center (CSC) and National Health Accounts (NHA) signed an MoU to implement the Ayushman Bharat scheme!

Common Service Center (CSC) and National Health Accounts (NHA) signed an MoU to implement the Ayushman Bharat scheme!

During the meeting, Ravi Shankar Prasad said that, “Today, I am very happy that CSC VLEs are going to be the soldiers of healthcare-Ayushman Bharat in India. The identity and registrations of beneficiaries would be done through CSCs. I would like to congratulate Shri J.P. Nadda that his ministry has chosen CSCs for the implementation of the largest healthcare scheme of the world.” He said CSCs have become a major instrument of change in rural India.

Praising the efforts of CSCs in improving healthcare Prasad said that, “CSCs efforts in Ayushman Bharat would be a game changer in our country. CSCs have done great efforts in improving menstrual hygiene of the country through Stree Swabhiman.” With continued support of the policy makers there is little doubt that this initiative will help us in building a new rural India having all facilities of urban India and also create a new team of entrepreneurs capable of being active partners in shaping new India.

Here, Jagat Prakash Nadda, Minister of Health and Family Welfare said, “Today, the dream of Digital India is getting big leap with Ayushman Bharat. In Ayushman Bharat, 50 Cr people would get benefitted with this revolutionary healthcare scheme. The 3 lakh CSCs in 2.5 lakh Panchayat would be a great help in the implementation of the scheme. ” He added, “I am confident that CSCs would be a big milestone in the access of universal healthcare in our country.”

He said CSC have played an impressive role in shaping a new economic model for rural populations. He asked CSC to give a presentation on how CSC tele medicine initiative can be further strengthened with participation of central Government health facilities.

 

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