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Group mediclaim policy extended to accredited journalists

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Srinagar, Sep 12: The Jammu and Kashmir administration Wednesday announced the extension of group mediclaim health insurance scheme to accredited journalists of the state.

Under the scheme, an accredited journalist along with five members of his or her family will be covered under a health insurance cover of Rs 6 lakh per annum at the yearly premium as admissible to the state government employees, an official spokesman said.

The family will include newborn babies and aged parents within the age group of zero to 100 years.

In a significant decision, the Governor’s administration extended the Group Mediclaim Health Insurance Scheme to accredited journalists in the state, an official spokesman said.

He said the journalists, who opt for the insurance cover, can avail cashless out-patient and in-patient health facilities at around 4,700 recognised hospitals within and outside the state.

The government has designated the state’s Information department as the nodal agency for the implementation of the scheme for the accredited journalists, the spokesman said.

At present, there are 326 accredited journalists in the state who can benefit from the scheme, he added.

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