Bhubaneswar: Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY), the Odisha Government’s universal health coverage, was launched by Chief Minister at the Capital Hospital here today.
Patnaik also inaugurated the help desk and released the logo of the scheme besides distributing cards to the beneficiaries of the yojana.
“BSKY is a historic initiative and will have a catalytic impact on the state’s health scenario. The scheme will benefit more than 70% of our population. In addition, the state’s entire population will be covered under free health services,” the CM said speaking to reporters.
The Chief Minister had on July 12 announced about the scheme. The BSKY will provide annual cashless health coverage of Rs 5 lakh per beneficiary family. Around 3.5 crore people from over 70 lakh families in the state will be benefited by the scheme.
To provide additional health protection to women, the scheme provides for annual healthcare coverage of Rs 7 lakh for the women of the beneficiary families. This will benefit over 1.5 crore women in the state.
All beneficiaries currently enrolled under the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana, Biju Krushak Kalyan Yojana as well as other low-income families are covered under the BSKY.