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Government extends the Ayushman Bharat health scheme to include trans people

The Ayushman Bharat-PMJAY will now provide comprehensive healthcare services to trans individuals. Mansukh Mandaviya, the Union Minister for Health, stated on Wednesday that the action will guarantee transgender persons a “rightful and respectable” status.

According to Mandaviya, an MoU that will make this possible will enable all healthcare benefits to be provided to transgender people nationwide who possess a transgender certificate from the National Portal for Transgender Persons. “We have the registry. This is to give the members of the community the respect they deserve,” he added.

He added that a comprehensive package, including the existing AB PM-JAY packages as well as particular packages like Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS) and treatment for transgenders, is being prepared for the transgender category. He also added that individual members will be treated as “family” to qualify for the Rs 5 lakh cover under the scheme.

The ministry has also chosen to issue unified Ayushman cards that will feature both the centre and state logos. According to the minister, this will benefit both the beneficiaries and the States. Few States, including Tamil Nadu and Telangana, have not yet endorsed this concept, according to ministry officials.

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