SHILLONG, Dec 3 : The state government on Monday signed an agreement with Reliance General Insurance Company Limited for implementation of the fourth phase of Megha Health Insurance Scheme (MHIS).
The MHIS-IV will be implemented in convergence with the Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY).
“After a riogorous selection procedure, Reliance General Insurance Company Limited emerged as the lowest bidder for implementation of the scheme,” Pravin Bakshi who is the CEO, MHIS and secretary Health and Family Welfare Department said.
The signing of the agreement took place at the state secretariat and the contract on behalf of the state government was signed by Bakshi while the Reliance General Insurance Company Limited was represented by Dr Saumya Kumar Misra, Segment Head – Government Business Group.
Also present at the signing of the contract was Health Minister, AL Hek. Speaking at the function, Hek said that the government wants to launch the MHIS-IV on December 20.
“We want to present the the people of the state with a Christmas gift,” the state Health Minister said.
According to Bakshi, the government of Meghalaya was making continuous efforts to roll out the scheme at the earliest.
“Registration for MHIS-IV in convergence with AB-PMJAY will start at the beginning of the year and registration procedures and locations wil be nade known prior to the start, on various platforms of the mass media and at local level as well,” the MHIS, CEO said.
He said that the Health insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh is for all the families of the state, barring state and central government employees.
The benefits of the convergence can be availed at empanelled health facilities in the state and outside of Meghalaya.
Meanwhile, Congress legislator, Ampareen Lyngdoh has urged the state government to speed up the process of impelemntation of the MHIS-Phase IV.
“Time can’t be wasted anymore since there are patients who are out of reach of even basic health care,” Lyngdoh said.