New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday announced plans to launch "the largest, most comprehensive plan in the nation" to guarantee health care coverage for all city residents, including those in the country illegally.
Residents will be able to access the program via the city's website or calling the city of NY at 311.
After his appearance on the program, his office clarified that the program won't technically be health insurance.
The $100 million plan, dubbed "NYC Care", is created to provide health insurance for the 600,000 New Yorkers who have either opted out of purchasing insurance, can not afford the premiums available on the state's health-care exchange, or are ineligible for coverage because they are not citizens of the United States.
Councilman Joe Borelli (R-South Shore) said he feared that the $100 million cost could rise as more New Yorkers decide to opt into the program in the future or if federal and state governments change the rates of Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement.
NYC Care is set to begin in the Bronx this summer and will roll out to the rest of the boroughs by 2021. "The message will be go get the health care you need when you need it".
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That will include undocumented people, regardless of immigration status, de Blasio said. And we're doing that here in this city, ' de Blasio said.
Every person participating in the plan, called "NYC Care", will be assigned a primary care doctor.
The NYC Care plan would improve that coverage, which already insures some 516,000 people, and aim to reach more of those who are eligible, such as the young and uninsured, and others who qualify but have not applied.
"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. First we're getting you your health care. However, de Blasio believes it will ultimately save the city money by drastically reducing residents' trips to the emergency room. "It is the most expensive way to get health care".
"Health care isn't just a right in theory, it must be a right in practice". We want people to have primary care, specialty care.
"We also have a way to provide direct health care to a lot of neighbors who happen to be undocumented - they're still part of our community, they need health care, their families need health care", de Blasio added. We just have to keep working at it!More news: ESPN Insider Has Major Update On Ravens, John Harbaugh
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