Mayor Announces Health Care Program for All New Yorkers

Grant Boone
January 10, 2019

- Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday a new plan to provide all New Yorkers with health care coverage.

And in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday that the city will guarantee healthcare for all New Yorkers.

The $100 million plan, dubbed "NYC Care", is created to provide health insurance for the 600,000 New Yorkers who have either opted out of purchasing insurance, can not afford the premiums available on the state's health-care exchange, or are ineligible for coverage because they are not citizens of the United States.

"About 600,000 New Yorkers who do not have any health care coverage at all ... have no where to turn-except the emergency room, which is exactly the last place we want to see people go", said de Blasio at the Lincoln Medical Center.

Thiessen said that de Blasio claimed his plan will only cost the city $100 million in funds without increasing taxes, but doubted that would play out as the 57-year-old from Park Slope, Brooklyn predicted. Calhoon said immigrants and low-income New Yorkers aren't the only ones who would benefit from expanded access to care. "We can make it happen".

"MetroPlus serves as an affordable, quality option for people on Medicaid, Medicare, and those purchasing insurance on the exchange".

"We recognized that obviously health care is not just in theory a right", De Blasio told media ahead of his announcement. And because more people will get preventive care, the city might actually save money, he added.

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One question is whether undocumented immigrants will sign up at a time when the federal government has increased deportation efforts, said David Sandman, CEO of the New York State Health Foundation, a health care policy, research and grantmaking organization.

"If we don't help people get the health care, we're going to pay plenty on the back end when people get really sick".

"Health care is a right, not a privilege reserved for those who can afford it", said the mayor, who has tracked hard to the left following the election of President Donald Trump.

NYC Care will first launch in the Bronx this summer and will be fully available across the five boroughs by 2021.

Mayor Bill de Blasio is proposing a plan that would require companies to offer their workers 10 days of vacation time off each year. "And we will continue to move closer to ensuring health care for every Californian". "For 600,000 New Yorkers without any kind of insurance, mental healthcare remains out of reach [but this changes that]", she said.

De Blasio seems unfazed by the idea that this might be a very expensive boondoggle, of course. "Let's say they're having an after-hours issue and need understanding about where to get a prescription filled". He argued that preventative care and access to primary care doctors will cut down on emergency room visits. This plan will give all of that directly to the people who don't have it in the city'.

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