New York City mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday announced his $100 million health care program to provide coverage and access to care to the 600,000 New Yorkers now without it, including undocumented and indigent residents.
But de Blasio stated that NYC Care will cut down on overall health care expenditure by covering those New Yorkers who can not afford health insurance and often end up in the emergency room. The program will cost at least $100 million a year.
The two-prong plan provides an option for both people who either can't afford insurance or who can but choose not to.
According to a local NBC network affiliate's report, the guaranteed healthcare will include "primary and specialty care, from pediatrics to OBGYN, geriatric, mental health and other services".
NYC Care will launch this summer and will roll out first in the Bronx. "We recognize that obviously health care isn't just, in theory, a right; it's in practice a right".
The plan would cover everyone regardless of ability pay or immigration status.
The mayor touted the program as a step toward universal health care.
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Bill de Blasio at a press conference announcing NYC Care. The city did not share how it arrived at that estimate or how many more visits from uninsured patients it expects.
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De Blasio's spokesperson Eric Phillips tweeted there are now 600,000 New Yorkers who are uninsured. New Yorkers can access the program via the city's website or by calling 311.
"This has never been done before in this country, in this kind of comprehensive way".
"We'll put the money in to make it work; it's going to save us money down the line", de Blasio said.
"We also have a way to provide direct health care to a lot of our neighbors who happen to be undocumented", Mayor de Blasio said.
NYC's Public Option: The City will double down on efforts to boost enrollment in MetroPlus, the City's public option. "It's being treated in a language you can understand by people who actually care about your health and well-being". "Everyone should have a right to affordable, safe, culturally sensitive, high-quality health care regardless of their economic situations", said Flatbush Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte.
I stand with @NYCMayor de Blasio today in declaring health care is a right for all, not a privilege for only those who can afford care. Asked if uninsured people-largely illegal immigrants-can get primary care now, Katz explained, "you can definitely walk into any emergency room, you can go to a clinic, but what is missing is the good customer service to ensure that you get an available appointment. that's what we're missing and the mayor is providing".