Health Insurance Current Affairs - 2020

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Insurance Scheme for Health Care Workers fighting COVID-19

On March 29, 2020, the Government of India approved insurance scheme for health workers that are fighting against Corona Virus. The Scheme was announced under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package that was announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman on March 26, 2020.

Key Features of the Scheme

Under the scheme, the health workers are to receive Rs 50 lakhs for 90 days of their service. On the whole a total of 22.12 lakh public health care providers have been selected under the scheme. This includes workers that have direct contact with patients infected with COVID-19. Also, it includes doctors, sanitation staff, paramedics, Asha workers and nurses.

ASHA Workers

ASHA workers are Accredited Social Health Activist. He or she is a community health worker working under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. ASHA workers are a part of the National Rural Health Mission that was launched in 2005.


The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India is also on the verge of developing an insurance policy to cover COVID-19 infected patients at large.

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Gopabandhu Sambadika Swasthya Bima Yojana: Odisha’s Health Insurance Scheme for Journalists

Gopabandhu Sambadika Swasthya Bima Yojana is a new Health Insurance Scheme for the journalists launched by the state government in Odisha. This scheme provides Rs. 2 Lakh per annum health insurance cover to all working journalists of the state.

Key Facts

  • Gopabandhu Sambadika Swasthya Bima Yojana has come into effect from June 1, 2018 and will initially cover around 3200 journalists and their family members from various media groups.
  • The insurance coverage will be applicable for cashless treatment in government and private hospitals.
  • The scheme will also cover the injuries and illness faced by journalists while performing their duties.

Name of Scheme

The scheme has been named after Gopalbandhu Das (1877-1928) a prominent social worker, reformer, political activist, journalist, poet and essayist of Odisha. His contribution to art, culture and society to Odisha earned him the epithet of Utkalmani (jewel of Odisha). His contribution to journalism in the state was short but remarkable. In the decade of 1910, he had launched a monthly literary magazine called Satyabadi through which he tried to educate the masses.

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