NYC Mayor Announces Health Care Coverage For All New York City Residents

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"New York City will begin guaranteeing comprehensive health care to every single resident regardless of someone's ability to pay or immigration status, an unprecedented plan that will protect the more than half-a-million New Yorkers now using the ER as a primary provider", writes NBC New York.

The program, NYC Care, will launch this summer in the Bronx. "In this city we're going to make that a reality", de Blasio said during a press conference Tuesday.

"This is the city paying for direct comprehensive care (not just ERs [emergency rooms]) for people who can't afford it, or can't get comprehensive Medicaid - including 300,000 undocumented New Yorkers", New York City Mayor's Office spokesman Eric Phillips tweeted Tuesday morning.

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De Blasio says that when people know their health care is guaranteed it will change their behavior. It's going to be for the first time a guarantee of health care.

Every person participating in the plan, called "NYC Care", will be assigned a primary care doctor. Rather, it involves bolstering MetroPlus for those who are eligible, and ensuring that those who can't sign up for insurance can use the city's public hospital and clinic program-NYC Health + Hospitals-for all their medical needs, including mental health and secondary services like pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, and substance abuse treatment.

While NYC Care will not provide free coverage to everyone in the city, the program will be priced on a sliding scale according to individuals' ability to pay.

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"This has never been done before in this country in this kind of way", de Blasio said. Right now, he explained, numerous city's uninsured put off medical attention when they need it because they assume they can't afford it. We want people to have primary care, specialty care. Trying to water down Obamacare and debilitate it. Lots of time and energy has been put into taking away health care from tens of millions of people.

The mayor made the historic surprise announcement Tuesday during the MSNBC morning program Morning Joe.

'We want people to get health care when they need health care, ' he added. "That's the ideal, that what we need", de Blasio said. Clearly, the money that the mayor is assigning to this new initiative is intended for outreach-to convince people to go to the city's already-burdened public clinics instead of waiting until they get sick enough to need an emergency room. His "health care for all" effort seems little different.

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The $100million plan would reach 600,000 uninsured New Yorkers, including undocumented immigrants, low-income residents who can't afford current insurance plans, and the "young invincibles" who don't think they need insurance.