Centre chooses city for health insurance scheme for disables

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Chandigarh, May 19 (UNI) The Centre has chosen Chandigarh as one of the 10 centres for implementing a health insurance scheme,'NIRMAYA', for the health insurance of persons with autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation and multiple disabilities.

The scheme, initiated by National Trust, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, has been launched in 10 districts of the country in the first phase.

Giving details of the scheme, an official spokesman said that under the scheme, health insurance will be provided to one lakh people suffering from autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation and multiple disabilities.

In the case of people of below poverty line, the entire premium would be paid by the National Trust whereas in the case of persons above poverty line, the premium will be Rs 250 per lakh per annum.

The Government Institute for Mentally Retarded Children Sector-32, Chandigarh which has been appointed State Nodal Agency Center (SNAC) is in the process of receiving applications for health insurance scheme, the spokesman said.

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