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MHIS-IV to be rolled out by December-end: Meghalaya minister

Press Trust of India  |  Shillong 

Health Insurance Scheme (MHIS-IV), which is a modified version of the Centre's ambitious with additional benefits, will be rolled out by the end of December, said A L on Tuesday.

"MHIS-IV is expected to be launched before It incorporates features of Ayushman Bharat Yojna with some additional benefits," told reporters here.

The MHIS-III scheme ended on September 25 this year after two extensions. Nearly 8 lakh families, including 3.41 lakh from the lowest income category, will get benefits under MHIS-IV, told reporters here.

Under the proposed MHIS-IV, beneficiaries can choose from 2,560 treatment packages, where as 1,300 packages are available under

The lowest bidder for implementation of the scheme in quoted Rs 1,999 per household, the said, adding that this would have resulted in an expenditure of Rs 177 crore annually. The centre has fixed a ceiling of Rs 1,050 per household which would have cost the state Rs 65 crore.

The said the negotiations with the lowest bidder failed and the state was compelled to float another tender.

"The re-tendering process will be completed at the earliest. We are set to launch the MHIS-IV before Christmas," the reiterated.

The paid a premium of Rs 911 for each family under the MHISIII, while the lowest bid for MHISIV was Rs 1,999, said Pravin Bakshi,

He said the is trying to re-negotiate and reduce the cost for certain packages in the scheme, like lowering the rate for admission in general ward fixed from Rs 1,800 per day to Rs 1,000.

has a NDA government headed by of (NPP) in which BJP and some regional parties are partners.

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First Published: Tue, October 09 2018. 20:45 IST