NYC to provide health care for all residents

Adjust Comment Print

Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled on Tuesday NYC Care, a comprehensive plan to provide health care to all New York City residents, including undocumented immigrants.

Called NYC Care, it's an expansion of the existing MetroPlus program for low-income residents and will be a mix of insurance and direct spending, according to the New York Times.

"The programs will include customer-friendly call lines to help New Yorkers - regardless of their insurance - make appointments with general practitioners, cardiologists, pediatricians, gynecologists and a full spectrum of health care services", de Blasio's office claimed in a release.

The plan is set to be fully rolled out in 2021 and is expected to cost the city at least $100 million annually.

The de Blasio administration said Tuesday that all services will be "affordable on a sliding scale".


The Legal Aid Society has also joined in the fight against De Blasio's bid to make harsher bail restrictions. "We're already paying an exorbitant amount to pay for health care the wrong way when what we should be doing is helping them get the primary care". Currently, about 600,000 New Yorkers are uninsured. "From this moment on in New York City, everyone is guaranteed the right to health care".

'Emergency rooms are the default health care provider for so many people in this country. Medi-Cal, the state's health insurance program, now will let illegal immigrants remain on the rolls until they are 26, up from 19, according to Newsom's new agenda.

But how is the new $100 million health care plan different from what is already being offered through the city?

The NYC Care program launches in the summer of 2019. Part of the idea NYC Care, aides to the mayor said, was to ease that burden while providing better health care to New Yorkers.

The city's plan is similar to programs that have been established elsewhere like the Healthy San Francisco initiative but is broader, said Katz, who has previously led health agencies in San Francisco and Los Angeles.


The New York Times reported that de Blasio's announcements come as the New York state legislature, which is now controlled by Democrats, begins examining its own statewide universal healthcare system.

The prospects for a statewide universal health care proposal in NY improved last fall when Democrats took control of the entire Legislature by winning a Senate majority.

"No state has more at stake on the issue of health care".

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. We want people to have primary care, specialty care.


Comments