New York City Offers Health Care to Uninsured, Including Illegal Aliens - Mayor

Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx New York

New York City will begin guaranteeing comprehensive health care to every single resident regardless of someone's ability to pay or immigration status, an unprecedented plan that will protect the more than half-a-million New Yorkers now using the ER as a primary provider, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday a plan to "guarantee health care to all New Yorkers".

On Tuesday, DeBlasio unveiled NYC Care, a program will guarantee health care for the estimated 600,000 New Yorkers who do not now have health insurance, according to the mayor's office. The idea is to avoid going to an emergency room for non-emergency situations, freeing them up for their intended goal.

"This has never been done in the country in a comprehensive way", de Blasio added.

President and CEO of the NYC Health + Hospitals Mitchell Katz said because it was a "comprehensive clinic" if someone needed hospital services, the city would help them get to another Health + Hospital facility. However, de Blasio believes it will ultimately save the city money by drastically reducing residents' trips to the emergency room. The new program will serve an estimated uninsured 600,000 New Yorkers.

De Blasio first touted NYC Care during an interview Tuesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe". "From this moment on in New York City, everyone is guaranteed the right to health care".

Wait times to see a primary care doctor would be in line with the one to two weeks it now takes, officials said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announces NYC Care
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announces NYC Care at the Lincoln Hospital in New York on Jan. 8 2019

Primary care, mental health and substance abuse services will be affordable on a sliding scale.

The program marks the Democratic mayor's effort to address the progressive priority of providing universal healthcare coverage. "We need to write another chapter of health care reform", said Inslee, who provided no details on how the program would be funded.

"If you work hard and you don't get a break that's not fair", said the Democratic mayor, who said more than 500,000 full-time and part-time workers in the city now have no paid vacation days or personal days. There are roughly 600,000 residents without health insurance, half of them undocumented immigrants. It's part of a sweeping health care plan Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled just hours after being sworn into office Monday.

"Our citizens have hard enough time covering their own healthcare costs", Nicole Malliotakis, a member of the New York State Assembly who represents Brooklyn and Staten Island, tweeted. We want people to have primary care, specialty care.

"No state has more at stake on the issue 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!

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