Bhubaneswar: After discontinuation of the Centre’s Rastriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) from December 31, 2018, the State government today announced that the existing beneficiaries of the central scheme will be covered under the Biju Krushak Kalyan Yojana (BKKY) effective from January 1, 2019.

Informing about the decision at a presser, Health Minister Pratap Jena said a total of 44, 08,070 families enrolled under the RSBY will get Rs 1 lakh insurance coverage under the BKKY.

After closure of the RSBY from December 31, 2018 by the Government of India, the State government has decided to cover the existing RSBY beneficiaries under the BKKY (Stream-II) by providing a total of Rs 1 lakh insurance coverage.

Those RSBY beneficiaries, who did not receive BKKY (Stream II card), can get the same by producing their RSBY card at BKKY kiosks available at every district headquarters hospital or the offices of Deputy Director of agriculture or District Coordinators of respective districts, Jena said.

The minister further added that since its launch from August 15, 2017, the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana has recorded a total of 1, 82, 33,733 cases where people have availed healthcare service under the scheme.

Annual health coverage of Rs five lakh per family (Rs 7 lakh to women members of family) is being provided to more than 70 lakh families of lower socio-economic section of the society in all government and 208 empanelled private health institutions through RSBY, BKKY and Odisha State Treatment Fund schemes.

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