COVID-19 has been included in the list of diseases covered under the Maharashtra government's health insurance for its employees. The announcement was made by health minister Rajesh Tope on Thursday.
"The state today decided to provide medical cover for its employees if they catch COVID-19," he said. Immediate relatives of government employee also benefit by the scheme.
"The state government in 2005 had listed 27 types of diseases including the ones related to heart and lungs (which the scheme covers). However, now it has decided to include COVID-19 (specifically) which primarily affects the lungs," Tope said. The decision was taken to bring clarity as to whether COVID-19 is covered or not, he said.
The decision will be applicable retrospectively from September 2 this year, as the state had permitted more employees to report back to work from September onwards, he said.