De Blasio: Healthcare Plan Covers All New Yorkers, Even Undocumented

'NYC CARE': Mayor De Blasio to Unveil 'Free Healthcare' for Uninsured New Yorkers, Cost $100M

"This is the city paying for direct comprehensive care (not just ERs) for people who can't afford it, or can't get comprehensive Medicaid - including 300,000 undocumented New Yorkers", Eric Phillips, de Blasio's press secretary, tweeted Tuesday morning.

"From this moment on in New York City everyone is guaranteed the right to health care", de Blasio said.

"We'll put the money in to make it work; it's going to save us money down the line", de Blasio said.

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.

De Blasio said he believes the program will pay for itself because fewer residents would have to rely on costly emergency room visits to get treatment.

"Health care is a right, not a privilege reserved for those who can afford it", de Blasio said in a statement.

The program marks the Democratic mayor's effort to address the progressive priority of providing universal health-care coverage. "It is the worst [kind] of health care".

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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. Today I'm announcing a plan to guarantee health care for all New Yorkers.

"When this plan is fully implemented every New Yorker who needs a doctor will have an actual doctor with a name and a place, they're going to have a card that will empower them to go to that doctor whenever they need". First we're getting you your health care.

According to Bloomberg, NYC Care will begin in the Bronx this year, and is expected to be available to all New Yorkers in 2021. "For people who have the ability to pay, we'll be expecting that people pay what they can".

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

'There are huge savings, humanly and economically, to getting it right.

Residents will be able to access the program via the city's website or calling the city of NY at 311.

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