Mayor says NYC will expand health coverage to 600000 people

NYC to provide a $100M 'public option' for healthcare to city's 600,000 uninsured de Blasio says

De Blasio announces health care coverage for all New Yorkers

Not only will NY be a sanctuary city, Mayor de Blasio will now seek $100 million in new spending to provide full comprehensive healthcare for all, including its undocumented immigrants.

It will also aim to provide the uninsured with a range of services, including primary-care physicians, mental health services and prescription drugs, through the network of hospitals and clinics run by the city Health and Hospitals Corp.

In 2006, when Newsom was mayor of San Francisco, the city created a universal healthcare program for uninsured and low-income residents, which has been eyed as a potential model for the rest of California.

[N] o one should have to live in fear.

That means that those 600,000 New Yorkers' medical care would cost an average of just $167 per person, a laughably low estimate at the cost of a medical care visit.

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"The Heritage Foundation, that reputable organization, [is] telling us that this is going to destroy the economy", de Blasio said. "And we're doing that here in this city", he told host Willie Geist.

It will also guarantee health care access to those ineligible for insurance, including illegal immigrants who live in NY.

"It's going to be really important for people who have felt excluded from the system or didn't know how to get services", she said, "or imagined that "H and H" only has emergency-department services".

Funding for the new program will require no tax hikes, the mayor said.

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Adams called the mayor's move "a watershed moment" but also raised questions regarding the program's affordability, and how it will reshape NYC's existing health care system. On Tuesday, de Blasio announced the city would pay for anyone, including illegal aliens, to receive health care, something they've dubbed NYC Care.

NYC Care will launch in the summer of 2019 and cost at least $100 million annually at full scale. We want to increase the amount of healthcare that people can reach. The city has spent lots of money trying to convince poor, often dysfunctional people to develop regular medical habits by signing up for Medicaid and getting a primary-care doctor. It provides no health coverage for residents traveling outside of the city, officials said at the news conference. "We as a country must get there, and New York City will lead the way", de Blasio said.

Katz noted that NYC Care is a more encompassing program than the one developed in San Francisco, where he used to work. "The city has 4.5 million workers, public and private, this will affect half a million people".

According to Bloomberg, NYC Care will begin in the Bronx this year, and is expected to be available to all New Yorkers in 2021.

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