Insurance for HIV patients to cover 3 more states

Tags: AIDS, HIV, Insurance
The country’s first-ever health insurance scheme for HIV/AIDS patients launched in Karnataka in August this year will soon be extended to Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.

Population Services International (PSI) launched the scheme in collaboration with Star Health and Allied Insurance Company and Karnataka Network for Positive People in six districts of Karnataka covering 258 HIV infected persons on a pilot basis. The scheme will also be extended to other parts of Karnataka. PSI, the Washington-based NGO is also in talks with a public-sector insurance company and two players in the private sector for launching similar schemes across the

country. “Talks with insurance players are in the final stage,” said Atul Kapoor, director of PSI-India. PSI is also in talks with corporate houses on bearing part of the premium for needy patients. It has approached the government to waive the 12.6 per cent service tax to ease the burden of the premium. “We are basically into creating models for providing better health services and technical expertise to replicate it in a larger scale,” he said.

PSI is also working with companies on formulating policies to check discrimination agai-nst HIV+ employees at workplaces.

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