Merger of ‘Ayushman Bharat’ scheme with state health schemes

New Delhi: Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey told Rajya Sabha today that Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) is a centrally sponsored scheme. It is currently being implemented in 32 states and union territories of the country.

As per the design of the scheme, the States / UTs implementing AB-PMJAY can operate their Health Protection Plans as per AB-PMJAY at their own cost. Under this arrangement, States / UTs can access health benefit packages, shared IT platforms and PMLAY’s empaneled hospital network.

The funding of this scheme is shared between the Central and State Governments. The ratio of the contribution of the Center and the State is 60:40 for all the states, except the Northeastern states and the Himalayan states and the Union Territories having the Legislature. For the North Eastern states and Himalayan states, this ratio is 90:10. Union Contribution where there is no Legislature, central contribution is 100% of the premium.

1.57 crore hospital recruitments costing Rs 19,506 crore have been authorized under AB-PMJAY. These include usage data as per the beneficiary base extended by some states / UTs. Specialty-wise details of authorized hospitalization are at Annex. There is no data available for comparison with state health schemes.