Jammu: Chairing the 4th Governing Council’s meeting for Ayushman Bharat, Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta Tuesday approved the revised health benefits package for Covid-19 complications.
An official spokesman in a statement issued here said that during the meeting it was informed that the existing contract between the State Health Agency and Bajaj Allianz GIC would expire on 25 December 2021 and fresh tenders for hiring a new insurance contractor would be floated soon.
The chief secretary directed immediate initiation of the tendering process for ensuring continued benefits of free and cashless healthcare under Ayushman Bharat - Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (PM-JAY) and SEHAT schemes beyond the expiry date of the existing arrangement.
In consideration of the revised population estimates, Mehta approved the Health and Medical Education Department’s proposal to switch from the existing SECC 2011 database to the latest data under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) on the recommendation of the National Health Authority (NHA).
The chief secretary also approved the adoption of a modified health benefits package to include treatment for Covid-19 complications.
Mehta also advised the department to request the NHA to consider the inclusion of targeted therapies and immunomodulators in the medical oncology and multiple inflammatory syndromes in children in the revised health benefits package.
Regarding the financial progress under the scheme so far, the department was asked to get all the expenditures audited from the Finance department to ensure accountability and transparency in financial transactions.
It was also asked to appoint auditors for the Comptroller and Auditor General of India’s empanelled list.
Administrative Secretaries of the departments of Health and Medical Education Department, Housing and Urban Development, General Administration, Labour and Employment, Information Technology, along with Mission Director National Health Mission, Director, SKIMS, Principal GMC, Srinagar, Jammu, and Bemina, representatives of NHA and the concerned HoDs participated in the meeting.