Unlike the MetroPlus plan, NYC Care is a program that leverages the city's hospital system.
NYC Care will be launched in the Bronx later this year and expand to all New Yorkers in 2021. The new plan provides insurance for visits to doctors outside of hospitals.
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.
The $100 million plan, dubbed "NYC Care", is created to provide health insurance for the 600,000 New Yorkers who have either opted out of purchasing insurance, can not afford the premiums available on the state's health-care exchange, or are ineligible for coverage because they are not citizens of the United States.
"Health care is a right, not a privilege reserved for those who can afford it", de Blasio said in a statement.
On Twitter, the Mayor wrote there would be an expansion to the public option and a new program called NYC Care.
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Funding for the new program will require no tax hikes, the mayor said.
"Our citizens have hard enough time covering their own healthcare costs", Nicole Malliotakis, a member of the New York State Assembly who represents Brooklyn and Staten Island, tweeted. "NYC Care will provide a primary care doctor and will provide access to specialty care, prescription drugs, mental health services, hospitalization, and more". "You name it. The things that people need will be available to them". No one should go without the health care they need. Don't wait. Don't feel it's not for you. The city has spent lots of money trying to convince poor, often dysfunctional people to develop regular medical habits by signing up for Medicaid and getting a primary-care doctor.
When asked why New Yorkers should pay for the health care of undocumented immigrants or young invincibles, De Blasio said they already pay plenty when the community isn't healthy.
There are now about 600,000 New Yorkers who were not able to be covered under Obamacare, many of them younger people who do not think they need insurance, he added.
"You might say right at the jump is this something that ideally should be handled in Washington, D.C. or in Albany?" I want to make sure that's really, really clear. The ultimate solution is single payer health insurance for this whole country, or Medicare for all. Mayor de Blasio is an expert at unveiling cloud-castles and proclaiming himself a master builder. We want to increase the amount of healthcare that people can reach. Trying to take away the right to health care. We're doing the opposite. "For people who have the ability to pay, we'll be expecting that people pay what they can". It's going to save us money down the line'. "We're going to get it to everyone". "He must stop abusing the middle class and treating us like his personal ATM".
And now de Blasio plans to further embrace illegal immigrants by providing them with free health care on the taxpayers' dime. The emergency room is the worst way to get health care, it's the most expensive way to get health care, ' he said.
The program is available to anyone who does not have an affordable insurance option, de Blasio said. He added that the program will be up and running this year and will be built out over the next few years.