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A Health Assurance Scheme for the poor and disabled is launched by Manipur

Manipur Government has launched the Chief Minister-gi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT), a health assurance scheme for the poor and disabled people. 
It was launched by Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh.
The CMHT scheme will provide cashless treatment to poor at government hospitals, health centres and other empanelled selected private hospitals.
The scheme will provide insurance cover up to Rs 2 lakhper eligible family in treatment of seven critical identified critical ailments –  cardiovascular diseases, neurological conditions, kidney ailments, liver ailments, cancer, neo-natal diseases and burns. 
The beneficiaries will be identified from Socio Economic Caste Census (SECC). 
They may get themselves enrolled for scheme with help of ASHA workers at kiosks opened in nearby PHCs, CHCs and District Hospitals.
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