Assam Govt Expands Atal Amrit Abhiyan, Check Out The New Additions

60,000 patients across the state received cashless benefits worth Rs. 140 crore under AAA: Himanta Biswa Sarma

Himanta Biswa Sarma addressing media at Janata Bhawan, Dispur
Himanta Biswa Sarma addressing media at Janata Bhawan, Dispur. Photo credit: @himantabiswa

Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on October 23rd, 2019 expanding the scope of cashless healthcare plan, unveiled six new additions to the health assurance scheme Atal Amrit Abhiyan(AAA). Inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas”, AAA is one of the state government’s ambitious flagship scheme for health assurance.

The Minister informed that in addition to the six already existing health benefits, six more benefits including the critical case of Japanese Encephalitis, Bone Marrow Transplantation and so on will come under the purview of the expanded AAA. The expanded AAA will be implemented from November 1st, 2019.

“60,000 patients across the state received cashless benefits worth Rs. 140 crore under AAA. As many as 27,424 cancer patients and 20,000 kidney patients were benefitted by the health scheme,” Sarma said while addressing media in Guwahati.

New Additions

The State Cabinet today approved the implementation of Vistarita Atal Amrit Abhiyan with the addition of following expensive critical care disease groups:

  1. ICU packages
  2. Trauma
  3. Critical care Paediatrics and Paediatric Surgery
  4. Bone Marrow Transplantation
  5. Japanese Encephalitis
  6. Acute Encephalitis Syndrome

“During the implementation of the scheme, it was found that there was a need to bring in more specialties for the benefit of the patients. Accordingly, During the Budget Speech 2019-20, the State Government announced the expansion of Atal Amrit Abhiyan to cover these specialties,” a press communique stated.

Salient features of Expanded AAA

• State Nodal Agency: The existing Atal Amrit Abhiyan Society (AAAS) would implement the Expanded Atal Amrit Abhiyan or Vistarita Atal Amrit Abhiyan.

• Eligible Beneficiaries: All the beneficiaries enrolled under Atal Amrit Abhiyan would be automatically eligible for the procedures covered under Expanded/ Vistarita Atal Amrit Abhiyan.

• Sum Assured: The maximum amount of coverage per year including Atal Amrit Abhiyan and Expanded/ Vistarita Atal Amrit Abhiyan would remain unchanged at Rs. 2 Lakh per member per year.

• Eligible Health Services Providers: The existing impaneled hospitals under Atal Amrit Abhiyan (Public/Private/Trust) both within and outside State would automatically be eligible for treating the patients under Expanded Nistarita Atal Amrit Abhiyan. Implementation Procedure:

• The entire scheme is intended to be implemented as cashless hospitalization.

The Government of Assam had launched a cashless healthcare scheme for citizens -Atal Amrit Abhiyan Scheme covering six critical care specialities namely: 1. Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgeries, 2. Neurological conditions, 3. Bums, 4. Cancer, 5. Kidney diseases and 6. Neo-natal diseases.