FAQ – Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY)
Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana(PM-JAY) is a pioneering initiative of Prime Minister Modi to ensure that poor and vulnerable population is provided health cover. This initiative is part of the Government’s vision to ensure that its citizens – especially the poor and vulnerable groups have universal access to good quality hospital services without anyone having to face financial hardship as a consequence of using health services.
What benefits are available under PM-JAY?
PM-JAY provides an insurance cover upto Rs 5 lakh per family, per year for secondary and tertiary hospitalization. All pre-existing conditions are covered from day 1 of implementation of PM-JAY in respective States/UTs.
What health services are available under PM-JAY?
The health services covered under the programme include hospitalization expenses, day care surgeries, follow-up care, pre and post hospitalization expense benefits and new born child/children services. The comprehensive list of services is available on the website.
Who is eligible to avail benefits under PM-JAY?
PM-JAY covers more than 10 crore poor and vulnerable families across the country, identified as deprived rural families and occupational categories of urban workers’ families as per the latest Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) data. A list of eligible families has been shared with the respective state government as well as ANMs/BMO/BDOs of relevant area. Only families whose name is on the list are entitled for the benefits of PM-JAY. Additionally, any family that has an active RSBY card as of 28 February 2018 is covered. There is no capping on family size and age of members, which will ensure that all family members specifically girl child and senior citizens will get coverage.
Where can beneficiaries avail of services under PM-JAY?
Services under the scheme can be availed at all public hospitals and empaneled private health care facilities. Empanelment of the hospitals under PM-JAY will be conducted through an online portal by the state government. Information about empaneled hospitals will be made available at through different means such as government website, mobile app. Beneficiaries can also call the helpline number at 14555. Regular updates will also be provided through ASHAs, ANM and other specific touch points This information will be activated shortly.
Will beneficiaries have to pay anything to get covered under this scheme?
No. All eligible beneficiaries can avail free services for secondary and tertiary hospital care for identified packages under PM-JAY at public hospitals and empaneled private hospitals. Beneficiaries will have cashless and paperless access to health services under PM-JAY.
What is the enrolment process? Is there any time period for enrolment?
PM-JAY is an entitlement based mission. There is no enrolment process. Families who are identified by the government on the basis of deprivation and occupational criteria using the SECC database both in rural and urban areas are entitled for PM-JAY.
How are the beneficiaries identified?
The beneficiaries are identified based on the deprivation categories (D1, D2, D3, D4, D5, and D7) identified under the SECC (Socio-Economic Caste Census) database for rural areas and 11 occupational criteria for urban areas. In addition, RSBY beneficiaries in states where RSBY is active are also included.
Can those families whose names are not on the list avail the benefits under PM-JAY?
In this phase, no additional new families can be added under PM-JAY. However, names of additional family members can be added for those families whose names are already on the SECC list.
Will a card be given to the beneficiary?
A dedicated PM-JAY family identification number will be allotted to eligible families. Additionally, an e-card will also be given to beneficiary at the time of hospitalization.
Source : PM-JAY portal.
[ https://www.pmjay.gov.in/ ]