NYC Mayor Announces Health Care Coverage For All New York City Residents

NYC Mayor Announces Health Care Coverage For All New York City Residents

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced Tuesday that the city would roll out an unprecedented initiative offering free health care to all residents - including illegal immigrants.

There are now about 600,000 New Yorkers who were not able to be covered under Obamacare, many of them younger people who do not think they need insurance, he added.

"We're going to guarantee health care for New Yorkers who need it", de Blasio told MSNBC's "Morning Joe".

The option will also provide healthcare to undocumented immigrants, said de Blasio, because they are still part of the community.

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. "It is the worst [kind] of health care".

Thank you @NYCMayor for your commitment to cover all NYC residents, including those who are undocumented; this is a big step in the right direction-but healthcare is still a human right, and must be extended to everyone in the state! Today I'm announcing a plan to guarantee health care for all New Yorkers.

Every person participating in the plan, called "NYC Care", will be assigned a primary care doctor.

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Those services will include OB/GYN care, mental health care, pediatric care and more, de Blasio said. We want to increase the amount of healthcare that people can reach. Trying to water down Obamacare and debilitate it. Lots of time and energy has been put into taking away health care from tens of millions of people. This plan will give all of that directly to the people who don't have it in the city'.

De Blasio said it will be paid for through the public health care system and he believes it will ultimately save money by preventing trips to the emergency room.

There will be no tax hikes to fund NYC Care, which will be financed by the city's public health budget.

The program is available to anyone who does not have an affordable insurance option, de Blasio said.

'Emergency rooms are the default health care provider for so many people in this country.

'We want people to get health care when they need health care, ' he added.

'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'. The plan will is expected to ensure care to resident regardless of their ability to pay or immigration status.