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Aug 29, 2009

Enrolment for health insurance scheme begins


District Collector P. Umanath launched the enrolment of beneficiaries for the State Government’s health insurance scheme at Pollachi on Friday.A press release from the district administration said the Government had tied up with Star Health Insurance to provide a cover of Rs.1 lakh for a period of four years for the treatment of 51 types of ailments that included heart and kidney disorders.

People with an annual family income of Rs.72,000 could avail themselves of this scheme. The release said 7.8 lakh families in the district would benefit from this scheme.A press release from the Collectorate said the enrolment of 305 families began at Okkilipalayam Village in the Pollachi sub-division of the district. Of these families, 194 were already under a social security scheme for farmers.Enrolment camps began at Valparai on Friday.

More camps

The district administration said in an earlier press release that the insurance company would conduct camps at various places in the district to enable people to enrol for the insurance benefit.At a meeting convened by District Collector P. Umanath on Monday to discuss the implementation of the scheme, it was said that the beneficiaries could enrol at the camps by furnishing identification cards provided to them by the welfare boards (those for farmers or unorganised sector workers) in which they were members.

These people could use the identity cards given by the welfare boards till the insurance firm issued its cards. Those who were not members of any workers’ welfare boards should obtain a salary certificate from the Village Administrative Officer(VAO), furnish their ration cards and submit a filled-in insurance application.Those who did not possess a ration card would have to produce any other identity proof.

Committees

All the beneficiaries should come to the camps with their family members and get photographed for enrolment. The insurance company had formed 60 committees to carry out the enrolment in the district.The administration had asked the insurance company to have a number of committees for the enrolment as the district was huge.The State Government had taken particular care in ensuring that the applications were easy to fill in, a press release issued by the Collectorate said.

Space had been provided in the application itself for a declaration on the salary. The VAO needed to only sign on it.The Collector told officials that they should be very clear during the camps that the names of children, not mentioned in ration cards, could be included in the insurance scheme after a certification by the Village Administrative Officer or the elected head of local bodies.

The administration had initiated the forming of committees comprising VAOs, Village Assistants and welfare workers in villages to co-ordinate the task of enrolment. Similar committees would be formed in the city corporation limits also.Special Gram Sabhas would be held on August 30 to discuss the scheme.

Information campaign

The Collector said an intensive information campaign would be carried out in village panchayats, town panchayats, municipalities and corporation areas on the camps to be held in these areas.Handbills and posters would comprise the other forms of information campaign.

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