Uttarakhand becomes first state to provide free health cover to all citizens
With an aim to cover all residents of Uttarakhand under a health insurance cover, chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Tuesday launched Atal Ayushman Uttarakhand Yojana.
At a function in Race Course, the CM launched the scheme in the presence of ministers, several MLAs, MPs, state bureaucrats and thousands of people. On the occasion, the CM distributed golden cards to the beneficiaries.
The government had already named the project after former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee and as a tribute to him the project was launched on his birth anniversary.
With the implementation of the scheme, Uttarakhand has become the first state to provide all its residents with free health security. The CM also announced to start free OPDs for children and the elderly and dedicated air ambulances in the entire state from January 26.
Rawat said, “We have started the scheme to give health cover to each and every family in the state and ensure cashless treatment. At least, 23 lakh families in the state will be benefitted with the scheme. Taking into consideration the problems associated with insurance, the scheme will be run in trust mode,” he added.