"This is the city paying for direct comprehensive care (not just ERs) for people who can't afford it, or can't get comprehensive Medicaid - including 300,000 undocumented New Yorkers", Eric Phillips, de Blasio's press secretary, tweeted Tuesday morning.
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 program, called NYC Care, will cover pediatrics, obstetrician-gynecologist or OB/GYN, geriatric, mental health and other services.
New York City, with a population of 8.6 million, has more than 6000,000 residents that remain uninsured, so city officials have created a landmark plan to reduce that number to zero.
"We want to flip the script", de Blasio said. He said that the undocumented often go to the ER for many health issues, regardless of severity, because they will not be asked for health documentation.
The mayor touted the program as a step toward universal health care. "We know that if people don't know they have a right to something, they're going to think it's not for them", de Blasio said. Inslee said reimbursement rates would be consistent with federal Medicare plans.
"While I firmly believe that all New Yorkers deserve access to affordable health care and that primary care is best administered in a doctor's office rather than in our already overburdened emergency rooms, I have not seen details of the mayor's proposed plan", Rose said.
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.
'We want to increase the amount of health care people can reach.
The news, however, came with a caveat; although overall deaths declined, the number of pedestrians killed in traffic increased previous year, city officials noted last week.
Proponents of a nationwide Medicare for All system were quick to applaud de Blasio's plan as a major victory for health justice and a significant step toward the establishment of a statewide single-payer system in NY.
NYC Care will first launch in the Bronx this summer and will be fully available across the five boroughs by 2021.
"To break those old habits and get them to rely upon a primary care provider does have to include convenience and access", he said.
Also, the city will use NYC Care to connect New Yorkers who are not eligible for health insurance, especially the undocumented or those who can't afford coverage, to health care. According to de Blasio's office, there are 90,000 and 200,000 workers in the retail and hospitality/food service industries, respectively, who have to choose between spending time with their families and putting food on the table.
Correct. NYC already has a public option.