NEW DELHI, August 6:
More than 1,000 claims have been settled and paid through August 4 under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan program: insurance scheme for health workers battling COVID-19, the Union minister said on Friday , Bharati Pravin Pawar, in Lok Sabha.
In a written response, the Minister of State for Health said the program was launched on March 30 last year to provide comprehensive personal accident coverage of Rs 50 Lakh to health care providers from 22 , 12 lakh, including community and private health workers, who may have been in direct contact and care of COVID-19 patients and could be affected by this.
In addition, due to the unprecedented situation, private hospital staff, volunteers, urban local authorities, and outsourced contractual, daily and ad hoc staff requisitioned by the State, central hospitals and autonomous hospitals in the center, States, Union Territories, AIIMS, Institutes of national importance and hospitals of central ministries specially designed for the care of patients with COVID-19 were also covered by the program, Pawar said.
The program is implemented through an insurance policy from New India Assurance Company Limited, a public sector company under the financial services department of the Union Ministry of Finance, she said.
The Minister added that “1,016 claims have been settled and paid by August 4, 2021”.
The implementation of the insurance scheme in states and UTs is regularly reviewed by officials from the ministries of health and finance, Pawar said. During these reviews, it was noted that in some cases, payment of claims was delayed due to receipt of incomplete claim documents or a delay in receipt of documents from States and UTs, he said. she declared.
As a result, it was decided to streamline and further simplify the claims settlement process to ensure prompt payment to claimants, Pawar said.
With effect from May 28, a new claims settlement system has been put in place, whereby claims papers are now reviewed by district collectors, she said.
Based on certificates provided by district collectors and countersigned by state nodal agents, the insurance company is mandated to make payment to claimants within 48 hours, Pawar said in his response. (PTI)