Ministry Of Health Family Welfare: State Illness Assistance Fund (SIAF)- Fund for state-sponsored illness assistance The ministry of health and family welfare recommended all state governments/UT administrations establish an illness support fund in their respective states/UTs in a letter dated November 11, 1996. It has been determined that grant-in-aid from the federal government will be made available to each of these states/UTs (with legislatures) that have established such funds. The grant-in-aid to states/UTs would be equal to half of the state governments'/UTs' contributions to the state fund/society, up to a maximum of Rs. 5 crores for states with the highest number and percentage of people living in poverty, such as Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Orissa, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal, and Rs. 2 crores for the rest of INDIA. As noted for a run, State/UT funds may also receive contributions/donations from contributors. The illness assistance fund at the state/UT level would provide financial support to patients living in their respective States/UT up to Rs 1.5 lakh in a single case and would refer all such cases to run if the amount of financial assistance is expected to exceed Rs. 1.5 lakh. Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Tripura, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Mizoram, West Bengal, Sikkim, Chhattisgarh, as well as the Delhi and Puducherry acts, have established illness assistance funds. Despite repeated reminders, the following states/UTs have yet to establish a state illness support fund: Assam is the first state in India. Manipur is a state in India. The state of Arunachal Pradesh Meghalaya is a state in India. The Indian state of Orissa Nagaland is a state in northeast India. The proposal also provides a budget expenditure from the NIAF for union territories (which do not have a legislature) as and when the territorial administrations establish an illness assistance society/committee. The inaugural meeting of the managing committee held on October 21, 1998, agreed that each UT would be given a budget allocation of Rs. 50 lakhs. As a result, the following units have been given a budget allocation of Rs.50 lakhs each for 1998-99. 1. The Lakshadweep Islands, Daman & Diu (Daman & Diu), The Havelis of Dadra and Nagar, The islands of Andaman and Nicobar
RemarksRemarks - Amount: From Rs.25,000 to a maximum of Rs.2,00,000 States/UTs (with the legislature's help) have established an Illness Assistance Fund that covers cancer treatment in government hospitals within the state for up to Rs. 1 lakh. While several states do not have this scheme, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Kerala, Mizoram, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Goa, Sikkim, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Punjab, and Uttar Pradesh, as well as the National Capital Territory of Delhi and Puducherry, do. Eligibility: Check to see whether your state has a SIAF programme. The application form can be downloaded. At the government hospital, present your BPL card and two pictures. Assistance under the SIAF, The Eligibility is Only for people living in poverty who have a specific, life-threatening sickness. Aid is only available for treatment at a government hospital. Employees of the federal, state and local governments are not eligible. Reimbursement of medical expenses already incurred is not permitted. Although, in a very few cases, restitution could be allowed on a case to case basis with due acceptance of the Management Committee, provided the eligible patient has already applied for financial assistance before taking medical treatment/operation under emergencies only and paid the dues to the concerned Hospital/Institute.