Issue of merger of U- health card scheme with AAUY hangs in balance
In its endeavour to include all the employees and pensioner of the State Government under the ambit of Atal Ayushman Uttarakhand Yojana (AAUY), the State administration has made it clear that the employees would be provided a better deal than that what they are presently receiving. The State Government is planning to merge the existing U- health card scheme for the State Government employees and pensioners with the AAUY and make it compulsory for all the employees and pensioners.
However, the employee unions have objected to many provisions of the proposal due to which the issue is hanging in balance from quite some time.
The Secretary in charge, health and family welfare department, Pankaj Kumar, Pandey told The Pioneer that the discussions on the issue are going on.
He assured that the employees would be provided better facilities under the AAUY. Pandey added that the corpus (fund collected as premium from the employees- would be kept separately from that of the AAUY. The employees would also be provided a limitless health insurance cover under the scheme.
Under the AAUY which is for general public, a maximum limit of Rs 5 lakh per family per year is imposed.
At present, the employees and pensioners are covered under the U-health card scheme. This scheme, however, is optional for them.
The employees and pensioners not opting the U health card scheme are provided reimbursement of their medical bills. The State Government is now planning to make the insurance scheme compulsory for all the employees and include it under AAUY.
Under the new proposal a premium of Rs 100 would be charged per month from the class IV workers while Rs 200 would be charged from Class III workers.
From the II grade employees, a premium of Rs 300 per month is proposed while from the grade I officers, a premium of Rs 400 per month is proposed. From the pensioners, a premium of Rs 200 per month is proposed.
Tuesday, 10 September 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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