Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

New York announces $100m universal health care plan

New York announces $100m universal health care plan

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an even more ambitious program on Tuesday called NYC Care that would provide coverage for all New Yorkers.

On Wednesday, de Blasio is expected to announce legislation that will make it a requirement for all New York City employers to offer their workers two weeks guaranteed of paid time off.

The mayor said the "unprecedented approach" is projected to cover more than half-a-million uninsured New Yorkers who now use the emergency room as a primary provider.

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

De Blasio's wife, Chirlane McCray, who started a mental health program, ThriveNYC, for city residents, praised NYC Care for increasing access to mental health services.

"Undocumented young adults should not have to worry about losing their health coverage when they turn 19", said Newsom, describing the effort as "another major step toward universal coverage". And if health care insurance did cost $166 per person per year then it wouldn't be a problem, would it? It will be fully available to all New Yorkers across the city's five boroughs in 2021.

"We'll put the money in to make it work; it's going to save us money down the line", he added. The announcement makes NY the second US city to attempt to provide health care to everyone living there, coming about a dozen years after San Francisco pioneered the idea with a more limited promise. The new plan provides insurance for visits to doctors outside of hospitals; health experts say that access to regular medical visits can cut down on costly hospital stays.

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"If we don't help people get the health care, we're going to pay plenty on the back end when people get really sick".

The tendency of a segment of the population to avoid the health-care system until a critical moment, relying in effect on emergency rooms for primary care, has been the knottiest problem in public health for decades.

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

Asked about how the program would work in places like Staten Island without a public hospital, de Blasio emphasized that the Vanderbilt Clinic was open and that MetroPlus would work everywhere "so that's half the people".

He's also repeatedly spoken out against the dangers sanctuary cities pose to USA citizens when illegal immigrant criminals are protected. 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 goal is to connect New Yorkers who can not afford coverage or are ineligible for health insurance, including undocumented New Yorkers, with a primary care doctor.

There will be no tax increases to pay for this plan.

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