The Trust Fund for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities has collaborated with New India Assurance Company Limited to launch “Swavlamban Health Insurance Scheme”. It is a cashless health scheme for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) and their families. The scheme will provide affordable health insurance to persons with low vision, blindness, loco-motor disability, mental retardation and illness, and hearing impairment.
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As reported by The Business Standard, Swavlamban Health Insurance Scheme can be availed by the PwDs between the age of 18 years and 65 years whose annual income is less than Rs 3 lakh/annum. Besides covering pre-existing ailments, the scheme offers family floater health insurance coverage up to Rs 2 lakh. New India Assurance will create a network of hospitals where the insured can get cashless treatment.
The Swavlamban Health Insurance Scheme will be implemented through National Institutes and Composite Regional Centres for Persons with Disabilities (CRC's) under the Department of Education (DEPwD) and Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MOSJ&E).
Mr. Awanish Kumar Awasthi, Secretary, Trust Fund for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities and Ms. Neera Saxena, Deputy General Manager, The New India Assurance Company Limited, signed the memorandum of understanding in the presence of Mr. Luv Verma, Secretary, Department of Empowerment of People with Disabilities. The health insurance scheme has been launched with an objective of improving the general well-being and quality of life of PwDs.
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