Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
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NYC Mayor: City Will Guarantee Healthcare for All New Yorkers

NYC Mayor: City Will Guarantee Healthcare for All New Yorkers

De Blasio's $100 million commitment was laden with political significance. He and aides said that 8 million New Yorkers have health insurance, including 130,000 with health plans sold through a state-run marketplace created under the law.

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

"People from all over the country are going to flood into NY to get their free health care", Thiessen said, adding that he had advice for taxpayers in the country's largest city who will foot the bill.

The basic premise: The approximately 600,000 uninsured people now living in New York City will gain free or affordable access to primary and secondary providers, thanks to a strengthened public insurance plan (the existing MetroPlus) and a new program called NYC Care. They will also be eligible for specialty care, including pediatrics, OB-GYN, and mental health services.

NYC Care is expected to first launch in the Bronx in summer 2019 and will be fully implemented throughout the city by 2021, according to Bloomberg.


In making the announcement on national television, Mr.de Blasio appeared to be trying to heighten that contrast and thrust his efforts on behalf of undocumented New Yorkers into the national debate over immigration, hours before Mr. Trump was to go on television Tuesday night to make his case for a border wall. They need it right now. "The emergency room truly should be the last resort". At the press conference, officials mostly deflected questions seeking details, focusing instead on the plan's goals and anticipated benefits.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has made a decision to lead the progressive charge on the health care front. "This is going to be a difference-maker in their lives". We want to increase the amount of healthcare that people can reach. Patients will be matched with a primary care physician and guaranteed an appointment within a week or two. It's going to be for the first time a guarantee of health care.

The emergency room is the "default health care provider for so many people in this country", de Blasio said. "You name it. The things that people need will be available to them". "They end up in the [emergency department] and it could have been prevented easily if they knew where to turn". Undocumented immigrants will also be included in the plan. What do they all have in common? Early detection and treatment cuts health-care costs overall and saves hospitals money, she said. And if health care insurance did cost $166 per person per year then it wouldn't be a problem, would it?

The program will cost at least $100 million a year.

This plan will ensure that every New Yorker who needs a doctor has access to a primary care doctor. In his remarks, de Blasio was clear where he stands.

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