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ESIC Partners with NHA to Upgrade Medical Infrastructure Available under AB PM-JAY in Maharashtra

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ESIC join hands with the National Health Authority

The Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) has partnered with National Health Authority (NHA) to upgrade the medical infrastructure available under Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY) in the state of Maharashtra.

Purpose: To ensure better access to medical facilities for the beneficiaries of ESIC.

About the Partnership:

i.Initially, the partnership with PM-JAY was implemented on a pilot basis in Maharashtra in the district of Ahmednagar.

ii.Now, it has been extended to the entire state except the south Mumbai region, Pune and Kolhapur districts.

iii.This means that, now 807 PM-JAY empanelled hospitals will be available to the already existing empanelled hospitals in the state.

iv.This will provide medical care to the insured beneficiaries of the ESI Act, 1958 and their dependants.

What is Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana?

General Info: It is the second component of Ayushman Bharat after Health and Wellness Centers (HWCs). It is the  largest health assurance scheme in the world.

Launch: It was launched on 23rd September, 2018 in Ranchi, Jharkhand by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi.

Health Cover:It provides  a health cover of Rs. 5 lakhs per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization across public and private empanelled hospitals in India.

Beneficiaries:More than  10.74 crore poor and vulnerable entitled families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries)  that form the bottom 40% of the Indian population are eligible for these benefits.

Implementation Agency: NHA(national level),  State Health Agencies-SHAs(State level)

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About Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC):

It is under the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India.

Director General–  Anuradha Prasad I.D.A.S.
Headquarters– New Delhi, Delhi

About National Health Authority (NHA) :

i.It is the successor of the National Health Agency, which was functioning as a registered society since 23rd May, 2018

ii.National Health Agency was reconstituted as the National Health Authority on 2nd January 2019.

CEO– Dr. Ram Sewak Sharma(Replaced Indu Bhushan)
Headquarters– New Delhi, Delhi