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, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
In a tweet, de Blasio said the plan will "ensure the first stop for people isn't the emergency room".
The city plans to contribute $100 million in funding for NYC Care, which de Blasio described as "a really smart down payment on a lot of good things it'll yield later on".
City residents will be able to access the new program on the local government's website or by calling 311.
'We want to increase the amount of health care people can reach.
If DeBlasio's proposal is approved by the City Council, New York City would become the first and only American city to require paid vacation for workers. "And we're doing that here in this city".
Indeed, NYC Care would be a mix of insurance and direct spending.
The city already provides health care to the uninsured through its hospital system, but the mayor says he wants a more streamlined and user-friendly approach. The panel concluded, in the words of a Newsday editorial, that "for patients, emphasis would be on primary care instead of hurried emergency-room sessions and days of hospitalization".
Half of that group can't get health insurance due to their immigration status, de Blasio said, while the remainder includes young people who don't think they need coverage and people who find the Affordable Care Act exchanges unaffordable or hard to navigate.
According to Bloomberg, NYC Care will begin in the Bronx this year, and is expected to be available to all New Yorkers in 2021.
Williams also wondered about de Blasio's implementation strategy but welcomed that mental health services would be included under NYC Care. Nor was arithmetic presented to document how much the city would save on city-paid emergency and hospital care by making preventive care more accessible.
De Blasio's office credited the law, informally known as Obamacare, with bringing the number of uninsured Americans down to almost half of what it was in 2013. The answer: Mayor de Blasio is not really proposing anything new; nor is he planning to expand services or care to anyone now ineligible. When you get people in front of a physician in a timely manner, when you avoid hospitalizations and intensive treatments, you cut out a staggering expense: Those savings are projected to help cover NYC Care.
"New Yorkers need a break!" he declared, sarcastically dismissing concerns that the policy might have negative ramifications.
Otherwise, the city's estimate averages out to $160 per person in medical costs per year.
Island Republican representatives slammed the mayor's plan, while others, welcomed it.