NYC launches $100M universal health insurance program

Desiree Burns
January 8, 2019

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday that all residents, regardless of citizenship status or ability to pay, will be guaranteed comprehensive health care.

De Blasio appeared on MSNBC on Tuesday morning to unveil his new plan to provide affordable medical care for all New Yorkers, regardless of their income or immigration status.

De Blasio said the city will make NYC Care "seamless" so that "people are encouraged to get the health care they actually need and never get to the point where they end up in the emergency room".

The $100 million plan, dubbed "NYC Care", is created to provide health insurance for the 600,000 New Yorkers who have either opted out of purchasing insurance, can not afford the premiums available on the state's health-care exchange, or are ineligible for coverage because they are not citizens of the United States.

The $100 million plan will roll out this year and expand over the next few years, de Blasio said.

"We're already paying an exorbitant amount to provide health care in the wrong way - and to wait until people are really sick", de Blasio said.

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Health-care coverage has become a deeply partisan issue in the United States, with Trump's Republican party pushing to repeal the 2010 Obamacare law while the liberal wing of the Democratic party has taken up calls to adopt a federally funded single-payer system that would cover all Americans.

Those services will include OB/GYN care, mental health care, pediatric care and more, de Blasio said. Today I'm announcing a plan to guarantee health care for all New Yorkers.

"Our citizens have hard enough time covering their own healthcare costs", Nicole Malliotakis, a member of the New York State Assembly who represents Brooklyn and Staten Island, tweeted. "Don't feel you can't afford it. Get the health care that you need when you need it". New Yorkers can access the program via the city's website or by calling 311. It is expected to launch in the Bronx first this summer, and be available in the other boroughs by 2021. It's going to save us money down the line'.

'Emergency rooms are the default health care provider for so many people in this country.

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

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