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by Karen Bong
KUCHING, March 20: Eligible recipients for Cost of Living or Bantuan Sara Hidup (BSH) aid have been urged to update their personal details including bank account and mobile contact details in order to enjoy the full benefits of two health protection schemes — mySalam and PeKa B40 — initiated by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government.
Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong reminded that providing full details was important as payment will be credited into recipients’ bank accounts.
“There are about 3.7 million BSH (eligible) people aged between 18 to 55-years-old but excluding single eligible for mySalam and 3.94 million eligible recipients aged 50 years and older from the lower-income group for PeKa B40,” she addressed a press conference held at Democratic Action Party (DAP) headquarters here today.
mySalam offers free health insurance coverage for those eligible in the B40 group (between 18 to 55-years-old excluding single person) for 36 critical diseases with a one-off payment of up to RM8,000 and daily payments as income replacement in the event of hospitalisation for up to 14 days per year at the rate of RM50 per day or RM700 per year.
The 36 critical illnesses covered include cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s, amongst others.
To check eligibility, register, file claims or for more information, visit the official mySalam website at www.mysalam.com.my or download the mySalam application for smartphones.
Yong reminded applicants to provide mobile contact details through which they can be reached as those eligible for mySalam will be notified via SMS from March 1. They can file their claims through the mySalam portal or in person at locations that the federal government will announce soon.
As for the Peduli Kesihatan scheme or PeKa B40, the four benefits are free health screening, free medical equipment, incentives to complete cancer treatments, and transport incentives.
For cancer treatment, recipients will be given RM1,000 in phases, based on the stage of treatment, if they complete their treatments at government facilities.
Recipients will also be given transport incentives of up to RM500 (Peninsular Malaysia) and RM1,000 (Sabah and Sarawak) yearly, for every disease they are diagnosed with.
The medical devices aid with maximum limit up to RM20,000 for a lifetime and limited to treatment in the Health Ministry’s hospitals include stent for heart diseases, artificial joints, hearing aid, intraocular lens, wheelchairs, pacemaker, prothesis and backbone implants and many others.
Those interested may check on their eligibility to receive the free health screening via PeKa B40 website at www.pekab40.com.my.
Those requiring clarification or more information may call or visit DAP Kuching headquarters or contact the various hotlines listed on the mySalam and PeKa B40 websites. — DayakDaily