Data from social regimes to enrich Ayushman Bharat

As a first step, the Union Government plans to leverage the beneficiary database of its renowned programs such as Ujjwala Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and National Food Security Act to further broaden the beneficiary base. beneficiary data under Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY), the largest health insurance scheme in the world.

A meeting held on Wednesday by Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan called on states to prepare a comprehensive roadmap to identify more eligible beneficiaries under the scheme and provide them with a free Ayushman card.

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The government also plans to launch the Aapke Dwar Ayushman 2.0 campaign across the country soon after 40 million cards were issued under the campaign last year.

In the past, many states and districts have made efforts to amplify the identification and generation of Ayushman cards; however, all of these initiatives were localized and could not be sustained for long and one of the reasons could be the pandemic, the official said.

“Therefore, the NHA (National Health Authority) has now conceptualized the Aapke Dwar Ayushman 2.0 campaign with the aim of generating 300 million Ayushman cards by the end of this year. Now the focus is on four major points: (i) enrichment of the beneficiary database, (ii) overhaul of the beneficiary identification system (BIS) by strengthening KYC and the search and elimination of paper, (iii) the capacity building for agencies to generate maps (iv) political support for states as NHA will provide full financial support to the state government in the creation of co-branded Ayushman maps,” an official said under cover of anonymity.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Health did not respond to questions sent Thursday.

The Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY program has gained momentum with over 180 million eligible beneficiaries who have been registered and received free Ayushman cards, while over 33.92 million beneficiaries have received free treatment so far . “The existing SECC (Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) 2011) database is outdated, which prevents us from tracing all eligible beneficiaries. So, we are now collaborating with other central government welfare schemes such as Ujjwala, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and NFSA schemes etc. to identify and verify eligible beneficiaries under the PM-JAY,” the official said.

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