The mayor says this plan will cost $100 million per year and will serve the 600,000 New Yorkers without insurance by strengthening New York City's health insurance option, Metroplus, and through the new program called NYC 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.
"We are appalled by New York City Mayor de Blasio's explicit efforts to derail essential reforms to New York's bail and parole release systems and to reverse progress made toward the decarceration of New York's jails and prisons", the coalition said in a statement released Monday.
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.
NYC Care is set to begin in the Bronx this summer and will roll out to the rest of the boroughs by 2021.
The promise is aimed at 600,000 New Yorkers who lack insurance because they can't afford it, believe they don't need it or can't get it because they are in the country illegally.
NYC Care will cover New York City residents, regardless of their ability to pay or immigration status. The legislation is modeled in part after de Blasio's paid-sick-leave law, which was implemented by the city in 2014. "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".More news: Apple developing 3 new iPhones for fall release
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'Emergency rooms are the default health care provider for so many people in this country.
New York City taxpayers are burdened by a city income tax on top of New York State and federal income taxes they must pay.
He also said the plan was unfair to city employees as the city is trying to save on health care costs. NYC Care is open to anyone who does not have an affordable insurance option and will be priced on a sliding scale, to ensure affordability.
The new program comes with a hefty price tag, an estimated $100 million annually.
"The umbrella concept is crucial here", said de Blasio. In this city, we're going to make that a reality.
"To be the fairest big city in America, New Yorkers can't be forced to choose between bringing home a paycheck and taking time off just to disconnect or spend time with loved ones", de Blasio said. When you get people in front of a physician in a timely manner, when you avoid hospitalizations and intensive treatments, you cut out a staggering expense: Those savings are projected to help cover NYC Care. They will also be eligible for specialty care, including pediatrics, OB-GYN, and mental health services. First we're getting you your health care.
"From this moment on in New York City everyone is guaranteed the right to health care", de Blasio said. "No one should go without the health care they need".