Andhra to provide health insurance to BPL families

HYDERABAD — A health insurance scheme for those below poverty line (BPL) with a subsidised premium will be launched by the Andhra Pradesh government on April 19, it was decided at a high-level review meeting here yesterday.

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Published: Sat 15 Apr 2006, 11:15 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 1:56 PM

According to official sources the proposed scheme will benefit the farmers, agriculture labour and other artisans, and the poor both from the urban and rural areas.

The scheme envisages providing the insurance benefit to a minimum of one million and maximum of around four million enrolled BPL families. The services of self-help groups would also be utilised for enrolment. The diseases to be covered under the scheme are being finalised.

This will be modeled on the Universal Health Insurance Scheme (UHIS) of the central government which was found to be practicable. Andhra Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy held a review of the preparation of the health insurance scheme with senior ministers and directed the officials to give final touches and secure necessary approvals from the federal government by April 19.

The chief minister told them the new scheme should come in to effect from the current financial year itself. The government will launch the process of sensitising the people and identifying the below poverty line families for the scheme soon after the formal launch.

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