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

NYC to provide a $100M 'public option' for healthcare to city's 600,000 uninsured de Blasio says

NYC to provide a $100M 'public option' for healthcare to city's 600,000 uninsured de Blasio says

New York City will begin guaranteeing comprehensive health care to every single resident regardless of someone's ability to pay or immigration status, an unprecedented plan that will protect the more than half-a-million New Yorkers now using the ER as a primary provider, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

The $100million plan would reach 600,000 uninsured New Yorkers, including undocumented immigrants, low-income residents who can't afford current insurance plans, and the "young invincibles" who don't think they need insurance. The idea is to avoid going to an emergency room for non-emergency situations, freeing them up for their intended goal.

As to why undocumented residents were included in the program, "I'm here to tell you everyone needs coverage, everyone needs a place to turn", said de Blasio.

'The Republicans in Washington have been trying to tear down health care, we're doing the opposite, ' de Blasio said.

De Blasio, now in his second term as mayor of the country's most populous city, has long supported universal healthcare coverage. Aviles said that the city was renowned for its "significant innovations in expanding access to care for immigrants, including our financial assistance policies that provide deeply discounted fees for the uninsured, our comprehensive communications assistance for limited English proficiency patients, and our strictly enforced confidentiality policies that afford new immigrants a sense of security in accessing needed care".

In addition, the San Francisco program required employers to pay for some of it, while New York City found a way around that, de Blasio pointed out.

The NYC Care program will give people access to medical, pharmacy, mental health and substance abuse services.

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Inslee's move comes a day after California Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed state-funded health care coverage for 138,000 young people living in the country illegally and reinstating a mandate for everyone to buy insurance or pay a fine - part of former President Barack Obama's health care law that congressional Republicans eliminated a year ago.

The mayor has styled himself, in his 2017 re-election campaign and during his second term, as a progressive leader on issues like education and health care, and as a bulwark against the policies of President Trump, particularly on immigration.

On Twitter, the Mayor wrote there would be an expansion to the public option and a new program called NYC Care. Undocumented immigrants will also be included in the plan.

"We applaud Governor Newsom for building on the strong foundation of the Affordable Care Act in his first official action", Lee said in a statement.

Correct. NYC already has a public option.

Residents will be able to access the program via the city's website or calling the city of NY at 311.

It's expected to take two years for NYC Care to be implemented.

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