There are approximately 600,000 New Yorkers without health care coverage.
The announcement was first made on MSNBC's Morning Joe, and later that same day at the Lincoln Medical Center in the Bronx. "At a time of ongoing uncertainty from Washington, the governor is not only embracing policies that will lower the cost of coverage for millions in the individual market, he is also offering increased help to those who are struggling with rising costs".
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In 2014, a yearlong pilot program called "Action Health NYC" showed that enrollees were more likely to receive preventive care and diagnoses of chronic conditions. "We are saying the word "guarantee" because we can make it happen", he announced, pledging to put $100 million toward the new initiative. The Golden State became the first to cover undocumented children up to age 19 in 2016. And he called for the state to provide insurance subsidies to people with higher incomes than the ACA allows.
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De Blasio explained he wants the plan to stop uninsured New Yorkers from using the ER as their primary care provider, and believes NYC Care will actually save the city money.
Details of how those seeking care could do so under the new plan were not immediately clear.
Eric Phillips, the mayor's press secretary, said on Twitter NYC Care 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". "You have a lot of savings over time by not having people get health care the wrong way".
"One of the labor movement's most important struggles historically has been for workers to have time for themselves and their families", said Dr. Barbara Bowen, president of CUNY's Professional Staff Congress. It's going to save us money down the line'. The mayor and aides said those residents tend to be healthy young adults who think they do not need insurance, and others who can not afford insured offered through their jobs, or the Affordable Care Act. It provides no health coverage for residents traveling outside of the city, officials said at the news conference.
"We don't want people to go out of business".
"New Yorkers need a break!" he declared, sarcastically dismissing concerns that the policy might have negative ramifications. His "health care for all" effort seems little different. Since 2013, the city's uninsured rate has dropped by almost half. Coverage will also apply to undocumented immigrants.