The de Blasio administration said Tuesday that all services will be "affordable on a sliding scale". "We are saying the word "guarantee" because we can make it happen". "At a time of ongoing uncertainty from Washington, the governor is not only embracing policies that will lower the cost of coverage for millions in the individual market, he is also offering increased help to those who are struggling with rising costs". It provides no health coverage for residents traveling outside of the city, officials said at the news conference.
Instead, the city plans to expand its current MetroPlus public insurance plan while adding a new program called NYC Care. They will be assigned a primary care doctor and have access to specialty care, prescription drugs, mental health services and hospitalization. All of New York City's uninsured-including illegal aliens-can go to city hospitals and receive treatment on demand.
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. Bill de Blasio will hold a press conference announcing the details of the plan at 11 A.M. EST.More news: Transfer: Michy Batshuayi to return to Chelsea
Through our own public option and a new program called NYC Care, we'll ensure the first stop for people isn't the emergency room. "This is going to be a difference-maker in their lives. While the federal government is more concerned with an asinine wall than people dying because of a lack of healthcare, the city should lead the way in fulfilling the core principle that healthcare is a human right".
People respond differently when they know something is guaranteed, he continued.
"To break those old habits and get them to rely upon a primary care provider does have to include convenience and access", he said. "They end up in the [emergency department] and it could have been prevented easily if they knew where to turn".
The Immigration Coalition has proposed allocating funds in the state budget to create an Essential Plan to cover everyone up to 200 percent of the poverty level, also regardless of immigration status. What do they all have in common?More news: Bauer’s Chocolate, Caramel Candies May Be Contaminated With Hepatitis A, Officials Warn
'Health care isn't just a right in theory, it must be a right in practice. And if health care insurance did cost $166 per person per year then it wouldn't be a problem, would it?
De Blasio estimated that the city would spend about $100 million a year once the program is fully operating, in about two years. The new plan provides insurance for visits to doctors outside of hospitals; health experts say that access to regular medical visits can cut down on costly hospital stays.
De Blasio's office credited the law, informally known as Obamacare, with bringing the number of uninsured Americans down to almost half of what it was in 2013.More news: World Bank sees global growth slowing in 2019