IRDAI Directs Insurers to Establish ABHA IDs

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The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has recently instructed insurance companies to establish ABHA IDs for policy seekers. This move aims to enhance the efficiency and convenience of the insurance application process. IRDAI constantly works for the welfare of the insurance industry and this move has wide-ranging implications. The new rule will imply to both new insurance applicants and existing players in the market. In order to understand the new rule, it is important to understand what ABHA IDs are and their benefits.

IRDAI Directs Insurers to Establish ABHA IDs

Understanding ABHA IDs (Ayushman Bharat Health Account)

ABHA, an Aadhaar-based health card, is an initiative introduced by the government of India earlier in 2021 that allows you to share your health records digitally with insurance companies. An ABHA ID is a unique identifier linked to an individual’s Aadhaar card, serving as a comprehensive record of their insurance policies. Integrating Aadhaar authentication with insurance applications allows policy seekers to enjoy a simplified and standardized process across insurers, reducing paperwork and enhancing the overall customer experience.

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Benefits of ABHA (Ayushman Bharat Health Account)

Let us discuss the benefits of ABHA IDs:

  • You can create a distinct Identity for seamless healthcare integration among various providers in the healthcare ecosystem.
  • You can link your medical records to your insurance schemes to your ABHA ID.
  • This will enhance the convenience of accessing your medical records, even when you are in a different city or state.
  • The advisory’s emphasis on consent-based access to medical records through ABHA/ABDM promotes transparency and accelerates claims servicing.

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Implementation Challenges and Solutions

While the concept of ABHA IDs presents several advantages, its successful implementation requires addressing certain challenges. One such challenge is ensuring the privacy and security of policyholders’ personal data. It is crucial for insurers to implement robust data protection measures, adhering to the guidelines set by the IRDAI and other regulatory bodies.


The directive from the IRDAI to establish ABHA IDs marks a significant step towards simplifying and streamlining insurance policy applications. By leveraging Aadhaar-based authentication, insurers can enhance efficiency, reduce paperwork, and improve the overall customer experience. ABHA IDs are poised to revolutionize the insurance industry, benefiting insurers and policy seekers.

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