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De Blasio announces health care coverage for all New Yorkers

09 January 2019

The program will roll out geographically and start out in the Bronx.

It will be fully available across all five boroughs in 2021 at an estimated cost of $100 million a year.

The state's similarly liberal governor, Andrew Cuomo, previously spoke about health-care-for-all prior to being elected to a third term past year.

The new NYC Care plan, which de Blasio said will be funded without tax increases, is an expansion of the city's existing MetroPlus plan covering hospital bills for low-income residents. "In this city, we're gonna make that a reality", de Blasio said during a news conference. Health care was a top priority for voters in the November election, especially those who voted Democratic.

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It will also guarantee health care access to those ineligible for insurance, including illegal immigrants who live in NY.

All of New York City's uninsured-including illegal aliens-can go to city hospitals and receive treatment on demand.

Through the combination of these programs, uninsured residents will gain free or affordable access to primary and secondary providers from pediatrics to OBGYN, geriatric, mental health, and other services.

'We also have a way to provide direct health care to a lot of our neighbors who are undocumented, they're still part of our community and they need health care'. Don't wait. Don't feel it's not for you. And we're doing that here in this city, ' de Blasio said.

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"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. Trying to take away the right to health care. It'll cost at least $100 million, according to the release. We're going the opposite direction. "And we can get it to them".

The mayor said all services would be affordable on a sliding scale for those who are able to pay a portion of the costs, while those who can not afford to pay will receive care for free. "The Mayor must stop abusing the middle class and treating us like his personal ATM".

De Blasio, now in his second term as mayor of the country's most populous city, has long supported universal healthcare coverage. It is the worst way to get health care. The emergency room is the worst way to get health care, it's the most expensive way to get health care, ' he said.

The mayor made the historic surprise announcement Tuesday during the MSNBC morning program Morning Joe.

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De Blasio announces health care coverage for all New Yorkers