Economic Times: December, 2016
Guwahati: Assam's BJP led government on Sunday rolled out 'Atal-Amrit Abhiyan' health insurance scheme which will provide coverage against several critical illnesses.
Launched to mark the 92nd birthday of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the scheme will offer coverage against 437 illnesses in six disease groups, namely, cardiovascular, cancer, kidney, neo-natal, neurological conditions and burns.
Both Below Poverty Line (BPL) and Above Poverty Line (APL) families, with annual income below Rs 5 lakh, are eligible for the scheme.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said, "Health always remains a commitment of Government and with the launching of Atal-Amrit Abhiyan access to quality treatment will become a reality for the all the citizens."
"Atal-Amrit Abhiyan is an endeavour of the government to make quality health care affordable to every individual member of a family".
Assam's Health and Family Welfare Minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma said that launching the health assurance scheme is a tribute to former prime minister Vajpayee.
Claiming that this scheme is the biggest health care initiative by any State Government, Sarma said financial outlay of the scheme is around Rs 200 crore.
A separate society will also be set up under the Department of Health and Family Welfare which will be responsible for administration of the scheme.