Chhattisgarh plans health insurance for 3.5 mn families

December 30th, 2008 - 9:35 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata PartyRaipur, Dec 30 (IANS) The Chhattisgarh government Tuesday announced it would provide health insurance cover to about 3.5 million impoverished families.The state’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government said it will cover nearly 3.5 poverty-hit families across all the 18 districts under a health insurance plan in a phased manner.

The insurance will cover the families’ annual health expenses up to Rs 30,000 at selected government as well as private hospitals, an official said.

Chief Minister Raman Singh has instructed the health department officials to begin implementing the scheme in which the poor families don’t require to pay a single rupee.

In the first phase, the scheme will cover nearly 1.1 million families of Raipur, Durg, Rajnandgaon and Bilaspur districts besides two worst-poverty hit districts of Bastar and Surguja.

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