New York City on Tuesday launched a $100-million USA health insurance program to cover 600,000 uninsured city residents, including those unable to afford coverage and people living in the United States illegally, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
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De Blasio seems unfazed by the idea that this might be a very expensive boondoggle, of course.
"This is the city paying for direct comprehensive care (not just ERs [emergency rooms]) for people who can't afford it, or can't get comprehensive Medicaid - including 300,000 undocumented New Yorkers", New York City Mayor's Office spokesman Eric Phillips tweeted Tuesday morning. "The message will be go get the health care you need when you need it".
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! "We can make it happen". Today I'm announcing a plan to guarantee health care for all New Yorkers. Once the program is fully operational, interested parties can either call 311 or visit nyc.gov, and staff will set them up with a primary care contact.More news: Wolves Believe Tammy Abraham Deal Is Not Dead Yet
'The Republicans in Washington have been trying to tear down health care, we're doing the opposite, ' de Blasio said.
'We want to increase the amount of health care people can reach. The city intends to set up a 24/7 help line to assist people with their after-hours needs as well.
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.More news: NASA reveals reason behind Roscosmos head's cancelled visit
He also said the program known as "NYC Care" is going to "revolutionize" health care because "people now, they are going to the emergency room - that is the default health care provider for so many people in this country".
Described by de Blasio as a bold healthcare initiative that "has never been done before in this country in this kind of comprehensive way", NYC Care would build upon the city's existing MetroPlus insurance system and spend an estimated $100 million per year to provide physical and mental health coverage, pediatric care, and other necessities to all residents.More news: NASA Probe Discovers Third New Planet Outside Solar System