NYC Mayor Announces Health Care Coverage For All New York City Residents

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

New York City will spend at least $100 million to ensure that undocumented immigrants and others who cannot qualify for insurance can receive medical treatment, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday, seeking to insert a city policy into two contentious national debates.

And in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday that the city will guarantee healthcare for all New Yorkers.

De Blasio, announcing the NYC Care initiative at Lincoln Hospital, said about 600,000 New Yorkers do not have any health care coverage at all.

[N] o one should have to live in fear.

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. "They're still part of our community".

The plan involves expanding the city's existing public insurance program and providing uninsured people with access to affordable care at city-owned facilities.

"MetroPlus serves as an affordable, quality option for people on Medicaid, Medicare, and those purchasing insurance on the exchange".

"Under NYC Care, 600,000 New Yorkers, including our undocumented brothers and sisters, will have access to healthcare", declared Winnie Wong, founder of the advocacy group People for Bernie. "NYC Care will provide a primary care doctor and will provide access to specialty care, prescription drugs, mental health services, hospitalization, and more".

Several Twitter users caught this detail and called de Blasio's team out for the questionable math. "We want people to be in business and thrive, but we also want to make sure that people are protected", Councilman Jumaane Williams told CBS2's Marcia Kramer. For example, "here, psychotherapy is a covered benefit; that's not true in San Francisco. and the current program [there] has an enrollment of about 20,000 people; that's a New York City block". Coverage will also apply to undocumented immigrants.

There will be no tax hikes to fund NYC Care, which will be financed by the city's public health budget.

The city plans to contribute $100 million in funding for NYC Care, which de Blasio described as "a really smart down payment on a lot of good things it'll yield later on".

Wait times to see a primary care doctor would be in line with the one to two weeks it now takes, officials said. "It is the most expensive way to get health care".

'We want people to get health care when they need health care, ' he added. "We are doing just the opposite". "We as a country must get there, and New York City will lead the way", de Blasio said.

'There are vast savings, humanly and economically, to getting it right.

He also said that no new taxes would be issued to pay for the plan, noting that "we're going to pay for" this "through our public health care system because we're making it a priority".

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