New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday announced a universal health care plan, promising affordable medical coverage for all residents, regardless of their citizenship status. But there was little detail about how the program will be funded.
What are the details?
The $ 100 million plan, called "NYC Care", is designed to provide health insurance to 600,000 New Yorkers who have chosen not to purchase insurance, can not pay the premiums available on the care exchange state health or do not qualify for coverage they are not citizens of the United States.
"We will guarantee health care to New Yorkers who need it," Blasio said. MSNBC "Morning Joe. "Now, in New York, we have something we can build on. We have a public option, which we are ready to expand considerably – a public health insurance option that can reach the hundreds of thousands of people who currently do not have any kind of health insurance. "
"We also have a way of providing direct health care to many of our neighbors, who happen to be undocumented," the mayor said. "They're still part of our community, they need health care, their families need health care, and we recognize that obviously health care is not just, in theory, a right; Is in practice a right. "
De Blasio added, "Republicans in Washington are trying to dismantle health care, we are doing the exact opposite."
In addition to providing citizens with a primary care physician, the Mayor said that specialized care, mental health services and other services would be available through the program. He added that the city will ensure that the process is "transparent".
New York City does not plan to increase resident taxes to fund the new initiative, as De Blasio said the program and its costs would be phased over several years. United States today reported.
according to BloombergNYC Care will begin this year in the Bronx and should be available to all New Yorkers in 2021.
Wait, then, how does it work?
During a press conference On Tuesday, de Blasio was asked about the "moving scale" of the plan. A reporter asked who would benefit from free coverage and who would be required to pay. One advisor responded that the premium scale "will fall to zero for people without resources, and for people who have the ability to pay, we expect people to pay what they can."
When the reporter asked the mayor for an answer, De Blasio said, "We are asking people first for health care, I want to make sure it's really clear. your health care, work the finances. "
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said his administration would take over the finances of his health care plan for everyone AFTER implementing it. https://t.co/GpTOpKpnz1
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