It has started the process to draft a legislation for the same. The mega health insurance scheme so far rests on an executive notification and Memorandums of Agreement (MoUs) signed between the Centre and various states.
This will be much like how the UPA government in 2005 brought a bill to give legislative status to the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGA).
The National Health Authority (NHA) has now started the process to identify experienced legal consultancies and firms which could help it out in drafting of legislative framework for statutory recognition of NHA as the nodal Authority for the implementation of PMJAY.
The job would involve “conducting extensive research and document findings on the legal nature and scope relevant to NHA to enact and implement a legislative framework for implementation of PMJAY in India,” as per the proposal reviewed by ET. Interested firms have been asked to send in their proposals by July 19, implying that a legislation may be brought in the next session of Parliament.
The PMJAY scheme was launched last September through an executive notification.At Interim Budget stage (2019-20), Rs 6,400 crore were earmarked for PMJAY but the scheme does not have any legislative backing so far. As on June 18, 23.36 lakh claims worth Rs 3,077 crore have been submitted under the scheme.