Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana is a health insurance scheme approved in October 2007 and launched in April 2008. The objective of the scheme is to provide health insurance to households below poverty line.
Specifically, below poverty line families are entitled to more than 700 in-patient procedures with a cost of up to 30,000 rupees per annum for a nominal registration fee of 30 rupees. Pre-exisiting conditions are covered and there is no age limit. Coverage extends to the head of household, spouse and up to three dependent children or parents.
This does seem to benefit the people who need it the most. If implemented correctly, it has the potential to ease the health care and health insurance problems of millions living below poverty line. Out of curiosity, I wanted to know the status of the scheme on various states.
States that have started enrollment in this scheme include Haryana, Jharkhand, Rajashtan, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, and Gujarat. Out of the remaining states, some have initiated the process, and the rest intend to start soon. Nagaland is the first state in North East India to begin its implementation on February 17, 2009. Read more at http://www.morungexpress.com/local/14112.html