De Blasio Announces Healthcare For All NYC Residents, Regardless Of Immigration Status

Modesto Morganelli
Gennaio 10, 2019

The plan will build on the city's existing public-option health insurance program called MetroPlus, which now insures more than 500,000 low-income New Yorkers.

Notably, NYC Care does not mean universal health insurance.

"More than 500,000 hard-working men and women should earn paid personal time when they contribute to the success of their companies", de Blasio said in an email.

De Blasio's announcement came the day after Gavin Newsom, the newly inaugurated Democratic governor of California, proposed state-funded health care coverage for 138,000 young people living in the country illegally and reinstating a mandate for everyone to buy insurance or pay a fine.

'This is one universal way to reach all those folks right now who are not covered'.

Robert Hockett, a professor of law and finance at Cornell University, said the plan could improve New York City's economy by boosting worker morale and was unlikely to lead to a major exodus of firms, who have other reasons to stay in the city.

The city said it would also "double down" on its efforts to increase enrollment in MetroPlus, which provides free or affordable health insurance that connects insurance-eligible New Yorkers to a network of providers that includes NYC Health + Hospitals' 11 hospitals and 70 clinics. They will be assigned a primary care doctor and have access to specialty care, prescription drugs, mental health services and hospitalization.

"This has never been done in the country in a comprehensive way", de Blasio added. "We want people to be in business and thrive, but we also want to make sure that people are protected", Councilman Jumaane Williams told CBS2's Marcia Kramer. The panel concluded, in the words of a Newsday editorial, that "for patients, emphasis would be on primary care instead of hurried emergency-room sessions and days of hospitalization".

"I have seen first- hand some of the disadvantages that our healthcare system deals to people who are of a different background than their provider, be it racially, culturally or economically". "With NYC Care, the citizens of this great city can finally exercise that right".

That program, NYC Care, will launch this summer and will cost at least $100 million annually at full scale, the city said. The emergency room is the worst way to get health care, it's the most expensive way to get health care, ' he said.

In 2013, Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx announced a new "Integrated Wellness Program" targeting seriously mentally ill people with chronic health problems-the same population that tends to be uninsured, to neglect their own care, and to wind up in the emergency room when their diabetes or cardiovascular disease catches up with them. We're doing the opposite.

"People from all over the country are going to flood into NY to get their free health care", Thiessen said, adding that he had advice for taxpayers in the country's largest city who will foot the bill.

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