Mayor says NYC will expand health coverage to 600000 people

Mayor says NYC will expand health coverage to 600000 people

New York City on Tuesday launched a $100 million health insurance program to cover 600,000 uninsured city residents, including those unable to afford coverage and those living in the United States illegally, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

The plan will build on the city's existing public-option health insurance program called MetroPlus, which now insures more than 500,000 low-income New Yorkers. 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 plan will cost "at least $100 million annually at full scale", the press release noted. No one should go without the health care they need.

Health care, De Blasio announced, is now a "right" for anyone who gets sick in NYC.

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Unlike the MetroPlus plan, NYC Care is a program that leverages the city's hospital system.

"We'll put the money in to make it work; it's going to save us money down the line", de Blasio said on MSNBC.


The new program, called NYC Care, will be available to everyone in Manhattan and its five boroughs, regardless of existing medical conditions, ability to pay or immigration status, de Blassio says. He argued that preventative care and access to primary care doctors will cut down on emergency room visits. "At Lincoln, we aim to establish best practices that combine physical and mental health-two services which have historically been treated separately", said Milton Nuñez, then as now Lincoln's director-words not much different from what Chirlane McCray said at Tuesday's "revolutionary" press conference.

"Undocumented young adults should not have to worry about losing their health coverage when they turn 19", said Newsom, describing the effort as "another major step toward universal coverage". Undocumented immigrants will also be included in the plan. "They need health care; their families need health care".

Experts said that if the legislation passes, New York City will be the first jurisdiction in the 50 states to mandate paid vacation.

How about the Mayor of New York City take care of the people that was born here, like the ones that are sleeping on our streets.

Every person participating in the plan, called "NYC Care", will be assigned a primary care doctor. "You won't end up in a hospital bed if you actually get the care you need when the disease starts".

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a likely presidential candidate, proposed a publicly run health insurance option for state residents who are not covered by private employers and buying insurance off the marketplace created under former President Barack Obama's health care law.

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