New York City launches $100 mln universal health insurance program

New York City launches $100 mln universal health insurance program

"If John or Jane Doe is sick, now they know exactly where to go". "At Lincoln, we aim to establish best practices that combine physical and mental health-two services which have historically been treated separately", said Milton Nuñez, then as now Lincoln's director-words not much different from what Chirlane McCray said at Tuesday's "revolutionary" press conference.

Proponents of a nationwide Medicare for All system were quick to applaud de Blasio's plan as a major victory for health justice and a significant step toward the establishment of a statewide single-payer system in NY.

And now de Blasio plans to further embrace illegal immigrants by providing them with free health care on the taxpayers' dime. It provides no health coverage for residents traveling outside of the city, officials said at the news conference.

The push from de Blasio, a Democrat, comes one day after he announced an initiative to guarantee health care for all city residents, including undocumented immigrants, pledging $100 million and a commitment to extend health insurance to an additional 600,000 NY residents.

"You know the national reality, the Republicans in Washington are trying to tear down healthcare, trying to tear down the universality of health care coverage, get rid of Obamacare".

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a plan guaranteeing paid time off for workers in the city. By extending it to an estimated 300,000 city residents who are illegal immigrants, it is a thumb in the eye of U.S. President Donald Trump, who has made a migrant crack-down a top priority.

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.

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In his inaugural speech on Monday, California's new Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom announced plans to establish a similar program to the one unveiled by NY. There are roughly 600,000 residents without health insurance, half of them undocumented immigrants.

Medicare for All is another way of saying universal healthcare.

The Legal Aid Society has also joined in the fight against De Blasio's bid to make harsher bail restrictions.

Instead, the city plans to expand its current MetroPlus public insurance plan while adding a new program called NYC Care.

State Sen. David Frockt, a Democrat from Seattle, said he would sponsor legislation for a public option.

Since the passing of the Affordable Care Act (aka "Obamacare") in 2010, the state of NY has seen a decrease in its uninsured population by more than half. "Under the Trump administration, all that progress is at risk", Inslee said in a statement. "I refuse the notion that these folks don't deserve health care", he said. Here's a breakdown of what the individual mandate is, what Newsom's proposal means and how it might affect Californians.

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