De Blasio 'Guarantees Healthcare' for all 600,000 Uninsured New Yorkers

De Blasio 'Guarantees Healthcare' for all 600,000 Uninsured New Yorkers

De Blasio 'Guarantees Healthcare' for all 600,000 Uninsured New Yorkers

"We are saying the word guarantee because we can make it happen", the mayor added, emphasizing that the program would be unprecedented in the United States. Health care is a human right.

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 NYC Care program launches in the summer of 2019. It will be fully available to all New Yorkers across the five boroughs in 2021.

The mayor does not plan on raises taxes to pay for the plan. Patients will be charged on a sliding scale, with the poorest New Yorkers paying nothing.

NYC's Public Option: The City will double down on efforts to boost enrollment in MetroPlus, the City's public option. De Blasio also said he will hold a press conference later on Tuesday to explain his plan in greater detail.

"Through our own public option and a new program called NYC Care, we'll ensure the first stop for people isn't the emergency room", the NYC mayor tweeted Tuesday morning after the surprising announcement on MSNBC's Morning Joe. "This is going to be a difference-maker in their lives. That's as many people that live in the entire city of Milwaukee or Baltimore".

Notably, NYC Care does not mean universal health insurance. 'If you treat people with respect and dignity, the jobs will go away.

"We want to flip the script", de Blasio said.

Washington Insurance Commission Mike Kreidler said the President Donald Trump's administration has put up "real roadblocks" to health care access. "They end up in the [emergency department] and it could have been prevented easily if they knew where to turn". What do they all have in common?

De Blasio said the NYC Care plan will take about two years to develop and implement.

All children in New York State already have access to health coverage.

He said despite efforts to fully implement Obamacare, there are 600,000 city residents who lack insurance, including undocumented persons who can not access federal benefits.

"The umbrella concept is crucial here", said de Blasio. "We want it to be seamless; if you have questions, here's where to call".

Paul Sonn, state policy program director at the left-leaning National Employment Law Project, said the legislation could also help address the growing number of hours Americans are working without greater benefits or pay. They will also be eligible for specialty care, including pediatrics, OB-GYN, and mental health services.

Dividing $100 million by 600,000 people comes to about $170 per person-perhaps enough money to cover one annual wellness visit to a nurse-practitioner, assuming no lab work, prescriptions, or illnesses. "No one will be turned away and care will be comprehensive". He estimated that the policy would cover 3.4 million workers, including 500,000 who get no paid vacation time.

The Times reports on Mayor de Blasio's plan to "guarantee health care for all New Yorkers", legal and otherwise.

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