New York City To Roll Out Program Guaranteeing Health Care to Residents

Bronx Gets Priority in de Blasio's NYC Care Initiative

MAYOR BILL De Blasio announces a plan to offer low-cost or free health insurance to low-income New

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on January 8 a health care plan to cover an estimated 600,000 residents, including undocumented residents.

Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled on Tuesday NYC Care, a comprehensive plan to provide health care to all New York City residents, including undocumented immigrants.

The liberal mayor said the plan will serve the 600,000 New Yorkers who don't have insurance by strengthening NYC's public health insurance option, MetroPlus.

The mayor tweeted "Through our own public health option and a new program called NYC Care, we'll ensure the first stop for people isn't the emergency room".

The initiative would help provide primary and specialty care for the city's uninsured residents, according to de Blasio. "We want people to be in business and thrive, but we also want to make sure that people are protected", Councilman Jumaane Williams told CBS2's Marcia Kramer.

In his inaugural speech on Monday, California's new Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom announced plans to establish a similar program to the one unveiled by NY. In this city, we're going to make that a reality.

Indeed, NYC Care would be a mix of insurance and direct spending.

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The mayor made the announcement during MSNBC morning program, 'Morning Joe'.

"We applaud Governor Newsom for building on the strong foundation of the Affordable Care Act in his first official action", Lee said in a statement. He added that NY has a public health insurance option, MetroPlus, that the city aims to improve, expand and support through NYC Care. He said that the undocumented often go to the ER for many health issues, regardless of severity, because they will not be asked for health documentation. "It is the worst way to get health care".

'Emergency rooms are the default health care provider for so many people in this country. The healthcare-for-all plan is not limited to American citizens and would also include individuals who can not afford their existing plans. "All New Yorkers should have access to this kind of high-quality care".

"The umbrella concept is crucial here", said de Blasio.

The mayor said that all services will be affordable on a sliding scale for those who can pay something and those who cannot afford it will receive care for free. He argued that preventative care and access to primary care doctors will cut down on emergency room visits.

NYC Care is expected to launch in the Bronx this summer and be available in the other four boroughs in 2021, the release said. For example, "here, psychotherapy is a covered benefit; that's not true in San Francisco. and the current program [there] has an enrollment of about 20,000 people; that's a New York City block".

The mayor promised that no tax increases are needed to fund the program; the $100 million will come from the city's existing budget, now about $90 billion.

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