Khandu assesses progress of ‘ambitious’ health scheme, asks for enrolment on war footing

Khandu assesses progress of ‘ambitious’ health scheme, asks for enrolment on war footing

ITANAGAR, Aug 9: Chief Minister Pema Khandu, who is also the Chairman of the Governing Body of the newly created Chief Minister’s Arogya Arunachal Society (CMAAS), today assessed the progress of the “much ambitious” Chief Minister’s Arogya Arunachal Yojna (CMAAY) and asked the GB members to go on war footing for enrolment so that almost every family reaps the benefit of the benevolent scheme.

With the Chief Minister as the Chairman of the Governing Body, the Society would implement the CMAAY that would facilitate cashless health care in empanelled hospitals on assurance mode.

Chairing the first Governing Body meeting of the CMAAS, which was earlier called Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister’s Universal Health Insurance Society here this morning and attended by Health Minister Alo Libang, Health Commissioner and GB members, Khandu reviewed the status of the scheme and its preparedness. He urged the concerned authorities to finalize deals with reputed hospitals for empanelment.

Soft launch of the health assurance scheme, CMAAY, was earlier done in a simple ceremony on July 26. The scheme is scheduled to take off on August 15 next and will be fully functional in another two months.

The CM stressed on setting up kiosks in districts so that people are made aware of the scheme by getting themselves enrolled.

As per the guidelines, all APST citizens, govt employees and those having resident certificates can avail the benefits after registration by producing relevant documents like APST certificate, Aadhar card or resident certificate.

While directing the authorities to take the scheme on mission mode, Khandu said as soon as it takes off the practice of providing medical assistance from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund will be completely stopped.

Various issues and requirements for enabling the Society to smoothly and successfully implement and run the scheme were discussed and approved like recruitment of manpower, appointment of CEO and DyCEO etc.

“As we will be one of the first states to go ahead with the Ayushman Bharat scheme along with our own CMAAY, we will be keenly watched. We must not fail,” he asserted.

So far TRIHMS (Tomo Riba Institute of Health & Medical Sciences), Naharlagun and Pasighat General Hospital are empanelled for the scheme while B Baruah Cancer Institute (Guwahati) and Narayana Hrudalay group of hospitals and many others are on the cards. (CMO)

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