Odisha CM to distribute BSKY cards in Bolangir today


Bhubaneawar, September 22: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will distribute Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana Smart Cards in Bolangir district on Wednesday.

Earlier, the facility has been launched in Malkangiri and Sundergarh districts.

Each family can get treatment cost up to Rs 5 lakh per year and women will get benefits up to Rs 10 lakh per year under BSKY.

According to Government sources, around 9.6 million families in the State will receive these smart cards that would enable them to avail cashless health coverage across more than 200 empanelled private hospitals in and outside the State. The smartcards with a 64KB chip will have the details of family members and a 12-digit distinctive registration quantity. Each family will be given two cards in case two people fall sick at the same time.

The BSKY Smart Card Scheme is a new version of the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Scheme that was first launched in August 2018. The scheme allowed the convergence of erstwhile Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana, Biju Krushak Kalyan Yojana and Odisha State Treatment Fund without any premium contribution by the beneficiary or insurance intermediary.

Under the old scheme, over 7.1 million farmer families, as well as people receiving foodgrains under Antoday Anna Yojana, were being given identity cards through which they could get treatment in empanelled private hospitals.

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