SHILLONG, Oct 09: The launch of the fourth phase of Meghalaya’s own Megha Health Insurance Scheme (MHIS - IV) will be delayed as the Government will be going for a fresh tendering process.
Informing this here on Tuesday, the state’s Health and Family Welfare Minister AL Hek said that the delays is due to the preparation work as technical convergence is being planned at the registration stage and the hospital level along with the National Health Agency, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
He said that after converging the MHIS - IV with Ayushman Bharat, the Government strives to provide quality services to the people of the State. The scheme will provide a health insurance cover of five lakh rupees per family with an increased number of treatment packages will be made available to the public.
“Hopefully the scheme will be launched before the third week of December prior to Christmas,” the Health Minister added.
“We will float a new tender, as the premium quoted by the lowest bidder, Bajaj Allianz, was too high and more than double the previous rate quoted for MHIS phase-3, at Rs 911 per household,” Meghalaya’s Health Secretary Pravin Bakshi said.
Of the eight insurance firms that participated in the tendering process, five qualified. However, the premium sought by the lowest bidder was too high at Rs 1,999 per household per year, Bakshi said.
Bakshi said that the premium at Rs 1,999 would cost the state government Rs 117 crore annually, whereas the Centre has mandated that the base premium should be Rs 1,050 per family per year, with an annual budget of Rs 65 crore.
Meanwhile, on the ongoing Measles Rubella Vaccination Campaign, Hek informed that as many as 3,82,421 children have been vaccinated till October 8, 2018.
The Health Minister said that the campaign was launched on 1st October in Meghalaya in line with the Government of India’s decision to eradicate Measles and control Rubella by the year 2020.
Secretary of Health and Family Welfare, Pravin Bakshi meanwhile said that East Jaintia Hills district is leading in the campaign with 65 percent coverage followed by West Jaintia Hills district with 60 percent.