De Blasio announces health care coverage for all New Yorkers

Leslie Hanson
January 9, 2019

"This is the city paying for direct comprehensive care (not just ERs) for people who can't afford it, or can't get comprehensive Medicaid - including 300,000 undocumented New Yorkers", Eric Phillips, de Blasio's press secretary, tweeted Tuesday morning. It will launch this summer and roll out geographically, starting in the Bronx.

The program is expected to cost at least $100 million a year.

Details of how those seeking care could do so under the new plan were not immediately clear.

"This is a big step in the right direction-but healthcare is still a human right, and must be extended to everyone in the state!" There are approximately 600,000 New Yorkers without health care coverage.

The mayor's office insists the NYC Care program is not intended as a substitute for a universal health insurance plan that some Democratic state legislators are pushing for, or a national single-payer plan. The city intends to set up a 24/7 help line to assist people with their after-hours needs as well. It provides no health coverage for residents traveling outside of the city, officials said at the news conference. "NYC Care will provide a primary care doctor and will provide access to specialty care, prescription drugs, mental health services, hospitalization, and more". Right now, he explained, numerous city's uninsured put off medical attention when they need it because they assume they can't afford it. "You name it. The things that people need will be available to them". Don't wait. Don't feel it's not for you.

That will include undocumented people, regardless of immigration status, de Blasio said. New Yorkers can access the program via the city's website or by calling 311.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a news conference at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx borough of New York City New York U.S
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"You might say right at the jump is this something that ideally should be handled in Washington, D.C. or in Albany? That's the ideal, that what we need", de Blasio said. We want to increase the amount of healthcare that people can reach. Trying to take away the right to health care. "We are doing just the opposite". We're going the opposite direction. "We're going to get it to everyone".

"No one should have to live in fear".

The mayor said all services would be affordable on a sliding scale for those who are able to pay a portion of the costs, while those who can not afford to pay will receive care for free. "The Mayor must stop abusing the middle class and treating us like his personal ATM".

Bill de Blasio at a press conference announcing NYC Care. The emergency room is the worst way to get health care, it's the most expensive way to get health care, ' he said.

De Blasio said that when the program is fully implemented it will be the most comprehensive health care system in the country.

De Blasio said the plan will offer public health insurance on a sliding price scale that is based on income.

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