De Blasio announces health care coverage for all New Yorkers

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he will be launching a plan to guarantee health care coverage for all residents, which includes illegal immigrants living in the city.

In a statement to MSNBC, a spokesperson for the mayor clarified earlier reports indicating the plan will provide health insurance instead of care.

Bill de Blasio at a press conference announcing NYC Care.

New York City does not plan to raise taxes on residents to fund the new initiative, as de Blasio says the program and its costs will be phased in over the span of several years, USA Today reported. 'This 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 300,00 undocumented New Yorkers'.

But it's unclear how the program will be funded, and Republicans swiftly objected to using taxpayer dollars to pay for health care for those in the country illegally. As a result, they end up in the emergency room for complaints great and small, typically receiving care for a problem that's become much more serious during the wait.

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Unlike the MetroPlus plan, NYC Care is a program that leverages the city's hospital system.

New York City is a sanctuary city that defies US immigration enforcement laws, protects illegal immigrants from deportation, and limits local cooperation with federal enforcement officers.

NYC Care is expected to launch in the Bronx this summer and be available in the other four boroughs in 2021, the release said. All of New York City's uninsured-including illegal aliens-can go to city hospitals and receive treatment on demand. Aviles said that the city was renowned for its "significant innovations in expanding access to care for immigrants, including our financial assistance policies that provide deeply discounted fees for the uninsured, our comprehensive communications assistance for limited English proficiency patients, and our strictly enforced confidentiality policies that afford new immigrants a sense of security in accessing needed care". "They're still a part of our community, they need health care, their families need health care".

'We want to increase the amount of health care people can reach. "For people who have the ability to pay, we'll be expecting that people pay what they can". We're going the opposite direction.

De Blasio said it will be paid for through the public health care system and he believes it will ultimately save money by preventing trips to the emergency room. "It is the most expensive way to get health care". He added that the program will be up and running this year and will be built out over the next few years.

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