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De Blasio announces health care coverage for all New Yorkers

De Blasio announces health care coverage for all New Yorkers”

The push from de Blasio, a Democrat, comes one day after he announced an initiative to guarantee health care for all city residents, including undocumented immigrants, pledging $100 million and a commitment to extend health insurance to an additional 600,000 NY residents.

Mayor Bill de Blasio's ambitious plan, dubbed the "most comprehensive plan in the nation", will serve some 600,000 New Yorkers without insurance by strengthening the city's public health insurance option - MetroPlus.

The mayor's goal with the new plan is to get New Yorkers out of costly emergency rooms for primary care and into doctor's offices, but just how the program will work is unclear says David Sandman, president of the nonprofit New York State Health Foundation.

On Twitter, the Mayor wrote there would be an expansion to the public option and a new program called NYC Care.

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

The program is meant to reach an estimated 600,000 city residents now without health insurance.

"[The mayor] feels very free to spend taxpayers' money at any cost, which is only going to lead to higher taxes and drive more, actually lower income, people out of the city", he told ABC.

"We applaud Governor Newsom for building on the strong foundation of the Affordable Care Act in his first official action", Lee said in a statement.

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"We also have a way to provide direct health care to a lot of neighbors who happen to be undocumented - they're still part of our community, they need health care, their families need health care", de Blasio added.

'If folks get primary care or mental health services when they need them at the right point in life, that means you avoid everything from homelessness, incarceration, people losing their jobs'.

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. Our citizens have a hard enough time covering their own healthcare costs and now Mayor de Blasio also wants them to pay for the healthcare of 300,000 citizens of other countries.

De Blasio seems unfazed by the idea that this might be a very expensive boondoggle, of course.

NYC Care is set to begin in the Bronx this summer and will roll out to the rest of the boroughs by 2021.

Mitchell Katz, MD, president and CEO of NYC Health and Hospitals, the city's public healthcare network, noted that prescription drugs are one thing most people are anxious about being able to afford, but "under this program, pharmaceutical costs are covered". For example, "here, psychotherapy is a covered benefit; that's not true in San Francisco. and the current program [there] has an enrollment of about 20,000 people; that's a New York City block".

The mayor does not plan on raises taxes to pay for the plan.



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