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NYC Promises 'Guaranteed' Healthcare for All Residents

10 January 2019

New York City Mayor New York City will spend $100 million to provide health care for undocumented immigrants and others who can not qualify for insurance, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday morning, seeking to insert a city policy into two contentious national debates.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday a plan to provide primary and specialty care for roughly 600,000 residents who now use the hospital emergency rooms in the city as primary care.

The basic premise: The approximately 600,000 uninsured people now living in New York City will gain free or affordable access to primary and secondary providers, thanks to a strengthened public insurance plan (the existing MetroPlus) and a new program called NYC Care.

The Times reports on Mayor de Blasio's plan to "guarantee health care for all New Yorkers", legal and otherwise.

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The programs will cost the city an estimated $100 million a year to operate.

City residents will be able to access the new program on the local government's website or by calling 311. "We want people to be in business and thrive, but we also want to make sure that people are protected", Councilman Jumaane Williams told CBS2's Marcia Kramer. Calhoon said immigrants and low-income New Yorkers aren't the only ones who would benefit from expanded access to care. "We have a public option, that we're ready to make much bigger - a public health insurance option that can reach the hundreds of thousands that are, right now, not in any kind of health insurance". We want people to have primary care, specialty care.

One question is whether undocumented immigrants will sign up at a time when the federal government has increased deportation efforts, said David Sandman, CEO of the New York State Health Foundation, a health care policy, research and grantmaking organization.

De Blasio added, "Republicans in Washington are trying to tear down health care". "The emergency room truly should be the last resort".

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De Blasio is promising a more efficient system, where people who pay on a sliding scale based on income can access medical and mental health care.

NYC Care will be launched in the Bronx later this year and expand to all New Yorkers in 2021. First we're getting you your health care.

He's also repeatedly spoken out against the dangers sanctuary cities pose to US citizens when illegal immigrant criminals are protected.

Several Twitter users caught this detail and called de Blasio's team out for the questionable math. The city intends to set up a 24/7 help line to assist people with their after-hours needs as well.

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The progressive mayor stated that he believes NYC Care will act as a springboard for the rest of the country to follow suit and ultimately implement a nationwide universal health care program.

NYC Promises 'Guaranteed' Healthcare for All Residents