De Blasio Announces Healthcare For All NYC Residents, Regardless Of Immigration Status


New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on January 8 a health care plan to cover an estimated 600,000 residents, including undocumented residents.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday that New York City will begin guaranteeing comprehensive health care to every resident, regardless of immigration status or ability to pay.

The city plans to spend at least $100 million per year on the 600,000 or so who don't qualify for insurance or are in the country illegally can receive medical treatment, the New York Times reported.

Thank you @NYCMayor for your commitment to cover all NYC residents, including those who are undocumented; this is a big step in the right direction-but healthcare is still a human right, and must be extended to everyone in the state!

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

The NYC Care program launches in the summer of 2019.

"When everyone is able to get access to services when they need them, and they have preventative services and they can see a primary care doctor", she said, "the whole health-care system works better". "You won't end up in a hospital bed if you actually get the care you need when a disease starts, not when it's already too late".

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"You might say 'is this something that ideally should be handled in Washington D.C. or in Albany?' Yes, it should", De Blasio said. "That's as many people that live in the entire city of Milwaukee or Baltimore". "It would protect them from having to choose between losing pay and going to their kid's graduation or the funeral of a loved one", Sonn said.

While the City Council is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats, the plan is likely to engender opposition from the city's business community, which has already cried foul over the mayor's tax increases. It provides no health coverage for residents traveling outside of the city, officials said at the news conference.

"For those who can afford it, they will pay on a sliding scale".

The current wait time for a primary care appointment in New York City is within a week, said Katz. In his remarks, de Blasio was clear where he stands.

The city's hospital system has been under severe financial strain and running deficits for years.

On Twitter, De Blasio wrote that there would be a public option and a new program called NYC Care. MetroPlus provides free or affordable health insurance that connects insurance-eligible New Yorkers to a network of providers that includes NYC Health + Hospitals' 11 hospitals and 70 clinics. Once the program is fully operational, interested parties can either call 311 or visit, and staff will set them up with a primary care contact. 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. "It's the most expensive way to get health care".