Opposition slams delay to implement MHIS-III

Shillong, March 10 : Megha Health Insurance Scheme is a convergence of the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana and other schemes in the State. The third phase of the Megha Health Insurance Scheme (MHIS) is likely to be rolled out in the next two months. Opposition members lambasted the state government for the tardy manner in implementing the health insurance scheme in which according to them, the scheme has benefitted the people of the state. During the question hour, Opposition members wanted to know the motive for the delay in implementing the third phase of Megha Health Insurance Scheme pointed out that the coverage of Phase 2 of the scheme stopped last October resulting in hardships for the poor. In her reply, to a question by UDP’s Donkupar Roy Health Minister Roshan Warjri said the delay in Phase 3 was due to repeated tendering process.“However, the tendering process has been completed after calling it three times, and now the clearance from the Centre is awaited,” Warjri said. Steps have been taken by penalising such insurance companies for delay in payment to hospitals, which have been empanelled under MHIS. Warjri said .The scheme is likely to start next month, she said. Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said the scheme was initiated in a convergence mode and is linked up the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RBSY) scheme of the Centre with additional coverage for the beneficiaries of the Sate. The additional coverage includes health facilities for senior citizens and critical care and cancer treatment.

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