De Blasio: Healthcare Plan Covers All New Yorkers, Even Undocumented

De Blasio: Healthcare Plan Covers All New Yorkers, Even Undocumented

New York City on Tuesday launched a $100-million U.S. health insurance program to cover 600,000 uninsured city residents, including those unable to afford coverage and people living in the United States illegally, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made a surprise announcement Tuesday; effectively "guaranteeing" universal healthcare for "every single resident" living in the Big Apple that doesn't have insurance.

"When this plan is fully implemented, every New Yorker who needs a doctor will have an actual doctor with a name and a place, they're going to have a card that will empower them to go to that doctor whenever they need", de Blasio said during Tuesday's press conference.

"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.

Under de Blasio's program, 600,000 estimated uninsured residents will soon be insured.

The program is expected to cost at least $100 million a year. "They're still a part of our community, they need health care, their families need health care". The plan will cover everyone regardless of ability pay or immigration status, according to a local news report. "NYC Care will provide a primary care doctor and will provide access to specialty care, prescription drugs, mental health services, hospitalization, and more".

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There will be no tax hikes to fund NYC Care, which will be financed by the city's public health budget. "It is the most expensive way to get health care".

"This is the city paying for direct comprehensive care (not just E.R.s) for people who can't afford it, or can't get comprehensive Medicaid - including 300,000 undocumented New Yorkers", the mayor's spokesman, Eric Phillips, wrote on Twitter.

The tendency of a segment of the population to avoid the health-care system until a critical moment, relying in effect on emergency rooms for primary care, has been the knottiest problem in public health for decades. First we're getting you your health care. "The Mayor must stop abusing the middle class and treating us like his personal ATM".

The health care programs will include customer-friendly call lines to help New Yorkers "make appointments with general practitioners, cardiologists, pediatricians, gynecologists and a full spectrum of health care services", the news release said.

'To me that is the moral choice and a smart economic choice because we're not doing the insane thing which is making the emergency room the first place people turn to'. We'll put the money in it to make it work.

He joked that if they did leave town, they should use the Trans-Hudson commuter train to get their "free health care" without worry.

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