NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio guarantees comprehensive health care to all residents

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"While the federal government works to gut health care for millions of Americans, New York City is leading the way by guaranteeing that every New Yorker has access to quality, comprehensive access to care, regardless of immigration status or their ability to pay", de Blasio added.

Under NYC Care, as the city's program is being called, uninsured New Yorkers will be able to call a central phone number to get an insurance card and be assigned a doctor, giving them access to primary care and an array of specialty services, the mayor said.

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".

"Undocumented young adults should not have to worry about losing their health coverage when they turn 19", said Newsom, describing the effort as "another major step toward universal coverage". "We want people to be in business and thrive, but we also want to make sure that people are protected", Councilman Jumaane Williams told CBS2's Marcia Kramer.

The city plans to begin improving MetroPlus now, and to expand access for ineligible New Yorkers starting this summer. "We have a public option, that we're ready to make much bigger - a public health insurance option that can reach the hundreds of thousands that are, right now, not in any kind of health insurance".

'NYC already has a public option, ' he tweeted. "From this moment on, in New York City, everyone is guaranteed the right to health care". Today I'm announcing a plan to guarantee health care for all New Yorkers. No one should go without the health care they need.

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NYC Care will not be fully implemented until 2021.

If you think health care's expensive now you wait and see what it costs when it's free.

"New Yorkers need a break!" he declared, sarcastically dismissing concerns that the policy might have negative ramifications. Coverage will also apply to undocumented immigrants.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is preparing to launch a plan no other city or state can offer. "It is the worst way to get health care". However, de Blasio believes it will ultimately save the city money by drastically reducing residents' trips to the emergency room.

Mitchell Katz, MD, president and CEO of NYC Health and Hospitals, the city's public healthcare network, noted that prescription drugs are one thing most people are anxious about being able to afford, but "under this program, pharmaceutical costs are covered". "The city has 4.5 million workers, public and private, this will affect half a million people".

The city's plan is similar to programs that have been established elsewhere like the Healthy San Francisco initiative but is broader, said Katz, who has previously led health agencies in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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