Ayushman Bharat (AB) is an attempt to move from sectoral and segmented approach of health service delivery to a comprehensive need-based health care service. The scheme aims to undertake path breaking interventions to holistically address health (covering prevention, promotion and ambulatory care), at primary, secondary and tertiary level. The Government of India constituted the National Health Agency (NHA), an autonomous entity with focused approach and effective implementation of Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna.
In line with this, the state of Bihar created the Bihar Swasthya Suraksha Samiti (BSSS), as its State Health Agency (SHA) which was registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1960, to function under the Health department. Its Headquarter is located in Patna, Bihar.
The BSSS believes in striving towards providing health cover to the vulnerable population and eventually contribute toward improving the overall health status of the people of Bihar.
The Government of Bihar (GoB) launched the scheme in the state on 23rd September, 2018, with the aim of providing healthcare services upto Rs. 5 Lakhs annually to eligible beneficiary families. The scheme covers around 1.08 Cr. families, covering close to 5.83 Cr. beneficiaries. The assurance based model has been adopted by the State for implementation of the AB-PMJAY scheme.