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

Everyone in New York City is guaranteed the right to health care said Mayor Bill de Blasio

The push from de Blasio, a Democrat, comes one day after he announced an initiative to guarantee health care for all city residents, including undocumented immigrants, pledging $100 million and a commitment to extend health insurance to an additional 600,000 NY residents.

The program will strengthen NYC's public health insurance plan, MetroPlus, to make it more affordable for all New Yorkers, while simultaneously implementing NYC Care, which will connect persons ineligible for insurance the access to NYC Health + Hospitals' physicians, pharmacies and mental health and substance abuse services.

The plan will provide health care to the almost 600,000 New Yorkers now using the ER as a primary provider, according to de Blasio.

On Twitter, the Mayor wrote there would be an expansion to the public option and a new program called NYC Care. The city said last week that an ambitious goal of providing MetroCards to about 800,000 residents whose incomes are below the federal poverty line would start this month with cards for only about 30,000 people, or about four percent of the total. "Today we celebrate our city's relentless commitment to accessible, high-quality healthcare", Palacio continued.

The announcement on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," comes as the newly Democrat-controlled state legislature in Albany is weighing some form of universal health insurance for New York State. And because more people will get preventive care, the city might actually save money, he added.

By 2021, all New Yorkers in the city's five boroughs will have access to free health 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".

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Speaking on national television Tuesday morning, the mayor unveiled the proposed NYC Care program, to reach those who now lack health coverage, including some 300,000 undocumented immigrants. "The emergency room truly should be the last resort".

The policy is expected to benefit hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers from a wide range of industries.

Bill de Blasio at a press conference announcing NYC Care. Health experts say that access to regular medical visits can cut down on costly hospital stays.

NYC Care will launch in summer 2019 and will roll out gradually in different parts of the city, starting in the Bronx, according to the release. This plan will give all of that directly to the people who don't have it in the city'.

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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