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Health ministry inks MoU with 4 states, 1 UT for Ayushman Bharat

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India’s health ministry has signed five MoUs with Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir and the Union Territory of Chandigarh for implementing Ayushman Bharat, the national health protection scheme which includes provision of Rs 5 lakh insurance cover to ten crore families.

The MoUs outline the roles of central, state and union territory governments for implementation of Ayushman Bharat.

The MoUs were singed in the presence of India’s health minister JP Nadda, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Jairam Thakur, Uttarakhand Chief Minister, Trivendra Singh Rawat, Punjab Health Minister, Brahm Mohindra, Jammu and Kashmir Health Minister Dr Devinder Kumar Manyal and Niti Ayog member Dr Vinod Paul, India’s health secretary Preeti Sudan and NHA, CEO, Indu Bhushan.

Nadda said that Ayushman Bharat will be cashless and paperless access to services up to Rs. 5 lakh per year that will be available at the point of service in public and private empaneled hospitals across India.

The minister added that the beneficiaries under the Ayushman Bharat can avail of services anywhere in the country that is expected to bring a visible relief to the target families by mitigating the financial risk arising out of catastrophic health episodes.

Himachal Pradesh CM Jai Ram Thakur said that he will ensure that the program reaches every household in the state.

Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat, informed that per the latest census 20 lakh families will be covered under this scheme in the state.

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