The 600,000 New Yorkers who don't have any type of health coverage will be getting access to medical care under a program being announced Tuesday by Mayor Bill de Blasio.
NYC Care will be launched in the Bronx later this year and expand to all New Yorkers in 2021. "We want them to have primary care, we want them to have specialty care", De Blasio crowed in a press release, according to local media.
"We'll put the money in to make it work; it's going to save us money down the line", de Blasio said.
The answer: Mayor de Blasio is not really proposing anything new; nor is he planning to expand services or care to anyone now ineligible. "Don't feel you can't afford it. Get the health care that you need when you need it".
But it's unclear how the program will be funded, and Republicans swiftly objected to using taxpayer dollars to pay for health care for those in the country illegally. He argued that preventative care and access to primary care doctors will cut down on emergency room visits. "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", de Blasio wrote on Twitter. Aviles said that the city was renowned for its "significant innovations in expanding access to care for immigrants, including our financial assistance policies that provide deeply discounted fees for the uninsured, our comprehensive communications assistance for limited English proficiency patients, and our strictly enforced confidentiality policies that afford new immigrants a sense of security in accessing needed care". "And we can get it to them". Right now, he explained, numerous city's uninsured put off medical attention when they need it because they assume they can't afford it.
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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. The panel concluded, in the words of a Newsday editorial, that "for patients, emphasis would be on primary care instead of hurried emergency-room sessions and days of hospitalization". "That's the ideal, that what we need", de Blasio said. "We are doing just the opposite".
"This has never been done before in this country in this kind of way", de Blasio said. Trying to take away the right to health care.
The mayor said all services would be affordable on a sliding scale for those who are able to pay a portion of the costs, while those who can not afford to pay will receive care for free.
In a tweet on Tuesday, the New York Immigration Coalition applauded de Blasio's effort to provide healthcare to all New York City residents and argued that comprehensive coverage "must be extended to everyone in the state".