Govt Plans Health Cover for Everyone

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  • The government is likely to roll out its muchtouted National Health Assurance Mission (NAHM) in January, promising health insurance for all.
  • The PMO last week asked the health ministry to work out the modalities of the scheme
  • Health Ministry was also asked to revamp the existing Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) to expand its span to include universal coverage, said an official.
  • RSBY, currently managed by the labour ministry , will also be soon transferred to the health ministry .
  • A decision to this effect has already been taken by the PMO.
  • He said the PMO wants the ministry to expedite the streamlining of the scheme.
  • For the time being, RSBY will be part of NHAM which will be rolled out in phases.
  • Gradually, the two will be merged as one policy.
  • The complete merger will take around three years.
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