Mayor says NYC will expand health coverage to 600000 people

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday announced a plan to provide health care for all New Yorkers, including those who can not qualify for health insurance such as undocumented immigrants.

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 Times reports on Mayor de Blasio's plan to "guarantee health care for all New Yorkers", legal and otherwise. But de Blasio stated that NYC Care will cut down on overall health care expenditure by covering those New Yorkers who can not afford health insurance and often end up in the emergency room.

De Blasio explained a day earlier that the plan, referred to as "NYC Care", will reach almost 600,000 New Yorkers and cost taxpayers at least $100 million. The idea is to avoid going to an emergency room for non-emergency situations, freeing them up for their intended goal.

When asked why people should pay to insure undocumented immigrants, de Blasio answered: "You can pay me now or you can pay me later".

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The premise is that it will be more cost-effective to give people regular medical care than to rely on hospital emergency rooms to treat serious health problems that could have been addressed at far less expense earlier.

Mayor Bill de Blasio rolled out legislation guaranteeing private-sector employees two weeks of paid vacation every year. But the $100 million number assumes either that not all $600,000 uninsured individuals will need medical care, or that medical care will be provided at far below market value.

The announcement on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," comes as the newly Democrat-controlled state legislature in Albany is weighing some form of universal health insurance for New York State. The answer: Mayor de Blasio is not really proposing anything new; nor is he planning to expand services or care to anyone now ineligible.

"You know the national reality, the Republicans in Washington are trying to tear down healthcare, trying to tear down the universality of health care coverage, get rid of Obamacare". 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.

Trump made reversing former president Barack Obama's health care law a key pledge of his campaign, and his Republican party successfully repealed in 2017 a key provision meant to keep overall costs down by ensuring healthy individuals bought insurance.

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The mayor said that all services will be affordable on a sliding scale for those who can pay something and those who cannot afford it will receive care for free. We want people to have primary care, specialty care.

The mayor said the city already has a public health insurance option that helps undocumented residents access healthcare.

NBC New York reported that the city will pay for the direct coverage of around 600,000 people in total.

The city's plan is similar to programs that have been established elsewhere like the Healthy San Francisco initiative but is broader, said Katz, who has previously led health agencies in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

"No state has more at stake on the issue of health care".

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Correct. NYC already has a public option.

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