2 BJP-ruled States resist health plan

In a setback to the Narendra Modi government’s ambitious Ayushman Bharat National Health Protection Scheme (AB-NHPS), two of the BJP-ruled States — Rajasthan and Maharashtra — have expressed “reluctance” to implement the programme.

According to a government official, the Rajasthan and Maharashtra governments are running similar projects catering to a much larger population in their States.

The AB-NHPS is aimed at providing a coverage of Rs. 5 lakh per family annually and benefiting more than 10 crore poor families in the country.

The official said though the Rajasthan government has welcomed the Centre’s scheme, “they are not sure how to implement it, as they already have the ongoing Bhamashah Swasthya Bima Yojana, under which cashless health care services are provided to around 4.5 crore people.”

“Moreover, the contract with the insurance company is till next year. So they are thinking of finding a way to converge the two schemes so that the ongoing scheme is not disturbed,” the official said.

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