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9.5 lakh Punjab farmers, families under health cover

9.5 lakh Punjab farmers, families under health cover
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9.5 lakh Punjab farmers, families under health cover

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Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday gave the go-ahead for bringing a total of 9.5 lakh farmers and their families into the ambit of the health insurance cover under the Ayushman Bharat Sarbat Sehat Bima Yojana for 2020-21, as against around 5 lakh covered in the previous year.

Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday gave the go-ahead for bringing a total of 9.5 lakh farmers and their families into the ambit of the health insurance cover under the Ayushman Bharat Sarbat Sehat Bima Yojana for 2020-21, as against around 5 lakh covered in the previous year.

The scheme, launched by the state government on the Rajiv Gandhi birth anniversary on August 20, 2019, with 45 lakh families covered for 2019-2020, has proved to be highly beneficial to people of Punjab during the Covid crisis.

The state government has also capped charges for Covid-19 treatment in hospitals empanelled under the Ayushman Bharat Sarbat Sehat Bima Yojana.

The Chief Minister said that the beneficiaries could approach any of the 546 empanelled private hospitals and 208 government hospitals for treatment facility of up to Rs 5 lakh for 1,396 diseases, including major surgical treatments such as heart surgery, cancer treatment, joint replacement and accident cases, under the health insurance scheme.

The number of farmers covered during the first year of the scheme stood at around 5 lakh, as these had been issued 'J' forms in 2015 by the Mandi Board.

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