10.74 crore poor and vulnerable families identified on the basis of SECC 2011 data are entitled to receive free treatment under the scheme
New Delhi: Ayushman Bharat–Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) is an entitlement-based scheme. Eligible beneficiaries can directly visit any empanelled public or private hospital to avail cashless treatment. Ayushman cards are issued to the beneficiaries to create awareness about the scheme. National Health Authority in association with State Health Agencies has fast-tracked the process of issuance of cards to the beneficiaries across the country.
Healthcare services including primary, secondary, and tertiary are provided free to all citizens of the country in Central/State Government hospitals. PMJAY’s beneficiary database is defined. 10.74 crore poor and vulnerable families (bottom 40 percent population) identified on the basis of SECC 2011 data are entitled to receive free treatment under the scheme. Further, States/UTs have the flexibility to run their own health protection schemes in alliance with AB-PMJAY at their own cost. Accordingly, States/UTs have expanded the scheme coverage to 14.75 crore beneficiary families at their own cost.
To cover each eligible person as per the 2011 Census under the scheme, guidelines are issued to States/UTs to identify beneficiaries as per deprivation/occupational criteria of SECC
and to meet the shortfall in terms of the number of eligible beneficiary households vis-à-vis those already identified/verified using their own datasets.
Details of steps taken to improve registrations under the scheme are as under:
- Leveraging the grassroots network of healthcare workers (HCWs), frontline workers (FLWs), Panchayati Raj institutions (PRIs), village level entrepreneurs (VLEs) / agents from CSC and UTIITSL to mobilize and verify beneficiaries under “Aapke Dwar Ayushman” (ADA) initiative.
- Leveraging the updated databases of welfare schemes of Central Government Ministries/Departments for better targeting of PMJAY beneficiaries to reach out to eligible individuals from this list to issue Ayushman cards to them.
- Four additional agencies were onboarded, along the lines of CSC and UTIITSL for the generation of Ayushman cards across the country.
- Eight additional agencies were onboarded to ensure immediate approval of Ayushman card requests.
- An enhanced location hierarchy-based search option is enabled in the SECC database to access village-level beneficiary data.
- A revamped “Self BIS” system was launched for self / assisted verification.
- Crowdsourced approval functionality enabled beneficiary record approval.