Ayushman Bharat Health Insurance: Entitlement and Eligibility (Important) (Download PDF)


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Prime Minister, in his Independence Day speech of 2018, announced launch of Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Scheme (AB-NHPS). National health insurance scheme will be rolled out on pilot basis in some states.

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Image of National Health Protection Scheme (AB-NHPS)

Image of National Health Protection Scheme (AB-NHPS)

Full-scale roll-out of project is expected to be in September end.

Who is AB-NHPS aimed at?

  • Scheme is targeted at poor, deprived rural families & identified occupational category of urban workers’ families.

  • According to Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) 2011 data, 8.03 crore families in rural & 2.33 crore in urban areas will be entitled to be covered under these scheme, i. e. , it will cover around 50 crore people.

  • AB-NHPS will have defined benefit cover of Rs. 5 lakh per family (on family floater basis) per year for secondary & tertiary care hospitalization.

  • It will offer benefit cover of Rs. 5 lakh per family per year.

  • It will subsume existing Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY), launched in 2008 by UPA govt.

Who all are covered?

  • To ensure that nobody is left out (especially women, children & elderly) there will be no cap on family size & age under AB-NHPS.

  • Scheme will be cashless & paperless at public hospitals & empanelled private hospitals.

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How Will the Entitlement Be Decided?

  • AB-NHPM will be entitlement based scheme where it will be decided on basis of deprivation criteria in SECC database.

  • Beneficiaries are identified based on deprivation categories (D1, D2, D3, D4, D5, & D7) identified under SECC database for rural areas.

  • For urban areas, 11 occupational criteria will determine entitlement.

  • Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna (RSBY) beneficiaries in states where it is active are included.

Rural Area Categories:

  • Different categories in rural areas include families having only one room w/kucha walls & kucha roof;

  • Families having no adult member b/w ages of 16 & 59 years;

  • Female-headed households w/no adult male member b/w ages of 16 & 59 years;

  • Disabled members & no able-bodied adult member in family;

  • SC/ST households;

  • Landless households deriving major part of their income from manual casual labour.

  • These families in rural areas having any one of following will be automatically included: households w/o shelter, destitute, living on alms, manual scavenger families, primitive tribal groups, & legally released bonded labour.

Urban Area Categories:

  • For urban areas, 11 defined occupational categories are entitled under scheme.

  • Main source of income related to household has been clarified in urban areas as beggars; rag-pickers; domestic workers; street vendors/cobblers/hawkers/other service providers working on the streets;

  • Construction workers/plumbers/masons/labor/painters/welders/security guards/coolies and other head-load workers;

  • Sweepers/sanitation workers/malis;

  • Home-based workers/artisans/handicrafts workers/tailors;

  • Transport workers/drivers/conductors/helpers to drivers & conductors/cart pullers/rickshaw pullers;

  • Shop workers/assistants/peons in small establishments/helpers/delivery assistants/attendants/waiters;

  • Electricians/mechanics/assemblers/repair workers; washer-men/chowkidars;

  • Other work/Non-work;

  • Non-work (Pension/Rent/Interest, etc. )

Hospitalisation Process under Ayushman Bharat

  • Beneficiaries will not be required to pay any charges & premium for hospitalization expenses.

  • Benefit include pre- & post-hospitalization expenses.

  • Each empanelled hospital will have ‘Ayushman Mitra’ to assist patients & will coordinate w/beneficiaries & hospital. They will run help desk, check documents to verify eligibility, & enrolment to scheme.

  • All beneficiaries will be given letters having QR codes which will be scanned & demographic authentication will be conducted for identification & to verify his or her eligibility to avail benefits of scheme.

  • Benefits of scheme are portable across country & beneficiary covered under scheme will be allowed to take cashless benefits from any public/private empanelled hospitals across country.


  • AB-NHPM will cover medical & hospitalization expenses for almost all secondary care & most of tertiary care procedures.

  • Health ministry has included 1,354 packages in scheme under which treatment for coronary bypass, knee replacements & stenting among others would be provided at 15 - 20 % cheaper rates than Central Govt. Health Scheme (CGHS).

Eligibility Criteria for Beneficiary

  • There is no enrolment process in AB-NHPM as it is entitlement-based mission.

  • Families who are identified by govt. on basis of deprivation & occupational criteria using SECC database, both in rural & urban areas, are entitled for AB-NHPM.

  • Database is based on census for year 2011.

  • List of eligible families is shared w/respective state govt. as well as state level departments like ANMs, BMO, & BDOs of relevant areas.

  • Dedicated AB-NHPM family identification number will be allotted to eligible families.

  • Only families whose name is on list are entitled for benefits of AB-NHPM.

  • Families w/active RSBY cards as of 28 February 2018 will covered. No additional new families can be added under AB-NHPM.

  • Names of additional family members can be added for those families whose names are already on SECC list.

  • Official website of AB-NHPM is www.abnhpm.gov.in. One may visit site to view & download beneficiary eligibility & empanelled hospitals list as & when it gets updated.

Hospital Eligibility

  • Services under scheme can be availed at all public hospitals & empaneled private health care facilities.

  • Basic empanelment criteria allows empanelment of hospital w/min. of 10 beds, w/flexibility provided to states to further relax this if required.

  • Empanelment of hospitals under AB-NHPM will be conducted thru online portal by state govt.

  • Information about empaneled hospitals will be made available thru diff. means such as govt. websites & mobile apps.

  • Beneficiaries can call helpline number at 14555.

  • To control costs, payments for treatment will be done on package rate (to be defined by Govt. in advance) basis.

  • Hospitals w/NABH/NQAS accreditation can be incentivized for higher package rates subject to procedure & costing guidelines.

- Published/Last Modified on: September 26, 2018

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