App of world’s largest health insurance, PM-JAY, launched; now on Google Playstore

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on February 05, 2019 Published on February 05, 2019

NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant (centre), Vinod Paul, Member, NITI Aayog (left), with Union Health Minister JP Nadda (right), launching the PM-JAY app in New Delhi on Tuesday   -  Sushil Kumar Verma

Users can check for eligibility, balance, file complaints; no more worry of fraud apps

The world’s largest cashless health insurance scheme — the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY), popularly known as the Ayushman Bharat — is now active on Google Playstore and one can download the PM-JAY app to access scheme details.

Launching the app on Tuesday, PM-JAY’s CEO Indu Bhushan said that the app will help people check if they are eligible for the scheme.

“One can also check the wallet which will display how much money has been used, register grievances, or check for nearby hospitals,” said Bhushan.

Sources said that the National Health Authority (NHA), which runs PM-JAY, was keen to release the app at the earliest so that it would figure at the top of the Google Playstore and users can download the right app.

Fraudulent apps

The PM-JAY has been plagued by fraudulent apps which lure smartphone users and redirect them to pay under false promises of enrollment in the scheme.

“Google has assured us that once we launch the app, it will ensure through search engine optimisation that the app will figure at the top of the list,” said a senior official in the NHA. Another official added that by simply feeding the name, village and ID details, beneficiaries can check eligibility.

Under tests

The mobile app was under testing for the last few days and has already reached 10,460 downloads and we expect this to touch a lakh, said Bhushan.

Union Health Minister JP Nadda said that PM-JAY had now stabilised and that those States like Odisha, Telangana and Delhi which are keeping away due to ‘political’ reasons, are denying their people health benefits.

Up until Tuesday, 10,80,183 patients had been hospitalised under the schemes and of ₹ 1041.3 crore claims were submitted and ₹ 808.2 crore approved.

While 60,328 hospitals have applied for empanellment, 14,756 (24.45 percent) have been empanelled.

Published on February 05, 2019
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