New York City Offers Health Care to Uninsured, Including Illegal Aliens - Mayor

New York City Offers Health Care to Uninsured, Including Illegal Aliens - Mayor

New York City Offers Health Care to Uninsured, Including Illegal Aliens - Mayor

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has affirmed that every city resident will have access to comprehensive health care, regardless of their ability to pay or immigration status.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced Tuesday that the city would roll out an unprecedented initiative offering free health care to all residents - including illegal immigrants.

The plan will provide health care to the almost 600,000 New Yorkers now using the ER as a primary provider, according to de Blasio.

"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 tweeted on Tuesday. The city estimated the plan will cost at least $100 million annually when it is fully implemented.

"This is a way of getting people health care here and now regardless what happens at the state level or federal level", he said.

NYC Care will be launched in the Bronx later this year and expand to all New Yorkers in 2021.

In New York, de Blasio's plan, to begin this summer, provides primary and specialty care to more than half a million uninsured New Yorkers.

Washington Insurance Commission Mike Kreidler said the President Donald Trump's administration has put up "real roadblocks" to health care access.

But how to pay for it became the biggest question during de Blasio's announcement. "Our city's businesses will benefit from a more productive, healthier workforce".

'Emergency rooms are the default health care provider for so many people in this country.

Notably, the press release lacked many details on how the city will fund the plan and how much enrollees would have to pay. All of New York City's uninsured-including illegal aliens-can go to city hospitals and receive treatment on demand.

"For those who can afford something, they'll pay on a sliding scale". Eric Phillips, de Blasio's spokesman, claimed this program is for direct coverage. "With NYC Care, the citizens of this great city can finally exercise that right".

On Thursday, de Blasio told reporters: "We have real concerns about the parole system". "Get used to this criticism-you're going to hear a lot of it".

NYC Care was revealed shortly after newly-elected California Gov. An estimated 600,000 New Yorkers do not now have health insurance, according to the mayor's office. "We as a country must get there, and New York City will lead the way", de Blasio said. Health experts say that access to regular medical visits can cut down on costly hospital stays.

"If you are working for a small, struggling company, one with obviously more than five employees but maybe 10-15 people, a retailer that is fighting Amazon, that is fighting higher property taxes, higher health care costs for the workforce, yes, this is just one more cost for that company".

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