New Delhi: The Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Ashwini Kumar Choubey said in the Rajya Sabha today, that the services at Ayushman Bharat- Health & Wellness Centres (AB-HWCs) are free and universal to all individuals residing in the service area. Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan ArogyaYojana (AB-PMJAY) is an entitlement-based scheme for providing health cover up to Rs 5 lakh per family per annum to around 10.74 crore poor and vulnerable families.
No registration or enrolment of entitled beneficiaries is required for availing the benefits under AB-PMJAY. However, in order to create awareness and facilitate easy availing of benefits, paper-based e-cards are being issued to the beneficiaries, after verifying their identity. The identification of beneficiaries is a continuous process and the responsibility of issuing AB-PMJAY e-cards lies with the states and UTs.
In Madhya Pradesh alone, around 83.92 lakh beneficiary families are entitled to benefits under AB-PMJAY and as on 2 March, 1,40,63,887 individual beneficiaries have been verified under the scheme. The state has been advised to issue e-cards to eligible beneficiaries.
The Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Ashwini Kumar Choubey stated this in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha here today.
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