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Odisha not to implement Ayushman Bharat

Bhubaneswar, June 14, 2018: Two days after announcement of the Biju Swasthya Kalyana Yojana (BSKY), Health Minister and Family Welfare Minister Pratap Jena on Thursday said that Odisha will not implement Centre’s Ayushman Bharat programme also known as 'Modicrae.'

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday announced yet another popular scheme Biju Swasthya Kalyana Yojana, named after his father Biju Patnaik, one of the architects of modern Odisha, for providing health assistance to 70 lakh families.

This health assurance scheme will be launched on August 15.

“The Centre’s Ayushman Bharat Programme is meant for only 61 lakh families, while the Biju Swasthya Kalyana Yojana will cover 70 lakh families. Hence, Odisha will not implement the Ayushman Bharat programme,” said Jena here in a press conference.

The State Government is branding the Biju Swasthya Kalyana Yojana as Health Assurance Scheme, not a Health Insurance Scheme. Ayushman Bharat, which was announced in Union Budget 2018-19 by the NDA Government, was a health insurance scheme covering 10 crore families of the country, including 61 lakh from Odisha with Rs 5 lakh insurance coverage a year.

Under the BSKY, each family will be provided secondary and tertiary cashless health care assistance up to Rs 5 lakh every year. About 70 lakh families are targeted to benefit under the scheme in the State. While Ayushman Bharat scheme assures health coverage mostly through insurance model, the BSKY will cover healthcare of all economically vulnerable families.

Earlier, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee opted out of the ‘Modicrae.’

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