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RSBY Beneficiaries Now Covered Under BKKY (S-II) From Jan 1, 2019: Odisha Health Minister


02 January 2019

Debashish Maharana


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Bhubaneswar: After closure of Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) from 31.12.2018 by Government of India, the Government of Odisha has decided to cover the existing RSBY beneficiaries under BKKY (Stream-II) by providing a total of Rs 1 lakh insurance coverage under this BKKY(Stream-II) card.

This was announced by Odisha Health Minister Pratap Jena today.
Briefing media at the State Secretariat, the Health Minister said, “There are 44,08,070 families enrolled under RSBY who were getting an insurance coverage of Rs 30,000 through the RUBY card with top up of Rs 70,000 through the BKKY (Stream-II). After closure of RSBY from 31.12.2018 by Government of India, the Government of Odisha has decided to cover the existing RSBY beneficiaries under BKKY (Stream-II) by providing a total of Rs 1 lakh insurance coverage under this BKKY(Stream-II) card.”

He stated, “For this, all the RSBY beneficiaries have been provided with BKKY (Stream-II) cards. Those few RSBY beneficiaries, who did not receive BKKY (Stream-Ill card, can get BKKY (Stream-II) card by showing their RSBY card at the BKKY Kiosk available at every District Headquarters Hospital (DHH) or can contact Deputy Director of Agriculture/ District Coordinator-SHAS of respective districts.”

“Beneficiaries can also contact BSKY Toll Free number-155369. Thus, all RSBY beneficiaries will be covered with Rs 1 lakh insurance under BKKY (Stream - II) from 01.01.2019,” he informed.

Presently, Government of Odisha is implementing Biju Swathya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) since August 15, 2018.

It has two components:

a) Universal Health Care (Free healthcare for all procedures) to all people of Odisha in all Government health institutions upto DHH levels.

b) Annual health coverage of 5 lakh per family (7 lakh to women members of family) to more than 70 lakhs families of lower socio-economic section of the society of the State in all Government and 208 empanelled Private health institutions (through the existing Rastriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY), Biju Krushak Kalyan Yojana (BKKY) and Odisha State Treatment Fund (OSTF) schemes.

The Odisha Heath Minister also informed, “Since BSKY’s launch from 15th August 2018, upto 15th December 2018, a total of 1,82,33,733 instances have been recorded where people have availed health care through BSKY.”

The Health Minister further informed that the specific services have been availed by beneficiaries under BSKY free of cost. He listed out that MRI services have been provided free of cost to12973 beneficiaries, CT scan to 43,519 beneficiaries, X-ray to 2,58,773 beneficiaries, Ultra Sound to 62,784 beneficiaries, Dialysis services to 19,689 beneficiaries, Pathology services to 71,09,674 beneficiaries, ICU to 24,753 beneficiaries, Cancer Chemotherapy services to 16,892 beneficiaries and Surgeries to 4,05,708 beneficiaries.

National Health Mission (NHM) Odisha managing director Shalini Pandit informed media, “Government of India has stopped Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) from 31.12.2018 in Odisha. Hence, the 44,08,070 RSBY card holders will be provide the same health benefits from Odisha Government’s own funds under BKKY(Stream-II) card. The Rs 30,000 benefits used to be given under RSBY card, it will be now given under BKKY Stream-II card. Thus, the BKKY Stream II card holders will be covered now with Rs 1 lakh insurance and also upto Rs 5 lakh for males and Rs 7 lakh to women in the same card.”

“If any RSBY card holder hasn’t got BKKY Stream-II card, it can be availed from the DHH BKKY kiosk. All RSBY cardholders have been issued with BKKY cards. In case any families left out, they can also avail it,” she explained.

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Pratap Jena, Minister, Health, Odisha

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Shalini Pandit, MD, NHM, Odisha