De Blasio Says City Will ‘Guarantee Health Care For All New Yorkers’

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a news conference at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx borough of New York City New York U.S

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a news conference at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx borough of New York City New York U.S

New York City Mayor New York City will spend $100 million to provide health care for undocumented immigrants and others who can not qualify for insurance, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday morning, seeking to insert a city policy into two contentious national debates. "In this city we are going to make that a reality", De Blasio repeated at a press conference on the expansion Tuesday morning.

"We also have a way to provide direct health care to a lot of neighbors who happen to be undocumented - they're still part of our community, they need health care, their families need health care", de Blasio added.

In 2013, Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx announced a new "Integrated Wellness Program" targeting seriously mentally ill people with chronic health problems-the same population that tends to be uninsured, to neglect their own care, and to wind up in the emergency room when their diabetes or cardiovascular disease catches up with them. He said the city will make sure the process is "seamless". They will also be eligible for specialty care, including pediatrics, OB-GYN, and mental health services. 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. 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". "And we're doing that here in this city", he told host Willie Geist.

'We want to increase the amount of health care people can reach. "You name it. The things that people need will be available to them". "That's the ideal, that what we need", de Blasio said.

Through NYC Care, everything, including prescriptions, will be available on a sliding scale that allows participants to pay either what they can afford or nothing at all. We're going the opposite direction.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a news conference at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx borough of New York City New York U.S

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. "He must stop abusing the middle class and treating us like his personal ATM".

Bill de Blasio at a press conference announcing NYC Care. It is the worst way to get health care.

De Blasio said he believes the program will pay for itself because fewer residents would have to rely on costly emergency room visits to get treatment. "It is the most expensive way to get health care".

The city's hospital system has been under severe financial strain and running deficits for years.

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