NAGPUR/MUMBAI: The State government has started a new health insurance scheme for the present and former members of Legislative Assembly and Council and their families. The State has entered into an agreement with New India Insurance Company and will pay Rs 10 Crore to the company every year as premium. The beneficiary MLAs and MLCs will now be able to avail cashless medical treatment at prescribed hospitals for themselves and their family members.
There are a total of 1,160 members of Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council in Maharashtra. Of them, 366 are the present MLAs and MLCs. The government has been incurring medical expenses of all these MLAs and MLCs and their family members.
As per information, most of the present and former MLAs and MLCs in the age group of 65-70 years are suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure and mental stress. The State spent around Rs 40 lakh on some of these members. The State spent around Rs 12.5 crores on these beneficiaries.
Under the new scheme, 1,000 hospitals in the State and 4,300 hospitals across the country have been listed where these beneficiaries can avail cashless treatment up to Rs 10 lakh each family.