Transgender Persons to Receive Composite Health Package Under AB-PMJAY

The MoU will provide healthcare benefits to transgender persons (holding a transgender certificate issued by the National Portal for transgender persons) across India.
Transgender Persons to Receive Composite Health Package
Transgender Persons to Receive Composite Health Package

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between National Health Authority (NHA) under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Department of Social Justice and Empowerment on Wednesday to provide composite health package for Transgender community.

The inclusive and composite health package will be under Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY).

The aforementioned MoU was signed by Dr. R S Sharma, CEO, National Health Authority (NHA) and Shri R. Subramanyam, Secretary DoSJE in presence of Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare and Dr. Virendra Kumar, Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment.

Union Health Minister Dr. Mandaviya said, “This MOU has laid the foundation for a landmark transformational reform in the society. The move which provides special healthcare benefits to the Transgender Community goes beyond ensuring equality for the disadvantaged community.”

The minister noted the transgender community suffers stigma and exclusion from the society and provision of healthcare services under the scheme was a significant step towards an inclusive society.

“It is only apt that the MOU is being signed at Dr. Ambedkar International Centre today, as he championed for an inclusive society with equality across all population groups in the country,” he added.

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The MoU will provide healthcare benefits to transgender persons (holding a transgender certificate issued by the National Portal for transgender persons) across India.

The press release by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare read, “MoSJE will fund Rs.5 lakh insurance cover per transgender beneficiary per annum. A comprehensive package master is being prepared for transgender category including the existing AB PM-JAY packages and specific packages (Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS) and treatment) for transgenders. They will be eligible to seek treatment in any of the AB-PMJAY empanelled hospitals across the country, where specific packages are available. The scheme would cover all transgender persons not receiving such benefits from other centre/state sponsored schemes.”

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