Andhra Pradesh ranks second in medical health insurance coverage

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The measures taken by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy to guard the health of the people of the state are being recognised across the country. The state ranks second in households which have medical health insurance coverage. Progress on Sustainable Development Goals–2022 report revealed that 80.2 percent of households within the state had medical health insurance for 2019–21. Rajasthan ranks first with 87.94 percent of households, the report said. In 2015-16, only 74.6 percent of households within the state had medical health insurance, which has increased to 80.2 percent in 2019-21, the report said.

After YS Jagan took charge because the Chief Minister, he made arrangements for the Aarogyasri scheme. Other than that, the annual income limit for the Aarogyasri scheme has been increased to Rs.5 lakh by which medical health insurance has been provided to poor in addition to middle-class families by applying YSR Aarogyasri.

As YSR Aarogyasri has been applied to 1.41 crore families within the state, medical health insurance is applicable to 80.2 percent of the families within the state. Aarogyasri is applied if the associated fee of treatment exceeds one thousand rupees. Within the neighbouring state of Telangana, 69.2 percent of households have medical health insurance, the report said. In accordance with the report, medical health insurance coverage is lowest within the country in Manipur at 16.4 percent, Bihar at 17.4 percent, and Nagaland at 22 percent respectively.

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