De Blasio unveils bill to guarantee paid vacations for nearly all workers

De Blasio announces health care coverage for all New Yorkers

De Blasio announces health care coverage for all New Yorkers

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday that all residents, regardless of citizenship status or ability to pay, will be guaranteed comprehensive health care.

Kathryn Wylde, president and CEO of the Partnership for New York City, promptly labeled de Blasio's proposal "another example of municipal overreach into the city's private-sector economy".

"More than 500,000 hard-working men and women should earn paid personal time when they contribute to the success of their companies", de Blasio said in an email.

"The Trump administration has done everything in its power to undermine the health care coverage advances we've made in Washington", Frockt said in a statement.

"We recognized that obviously health care is not just in theory a right", De Blasio told media ahead of his announcement. In this city we are going to make that a reality in this city we are taking that ideal and putting it into practice.

It will also guarantee health care access to those ineligible for insurance, including illegal immigrants who live in NY. "If John or Jane Doe is sick, now they know exactly where to go". Inslee said reimbursement rates would be consistent with federal Medicare plans.

The mayor's office also said the new effort "will improve the quality of the MetroPlus customer experience through improved access to clinical care, mental health services, and wellness rewards for healthy behavior".

The programs will cost the city an estimated $100 million a year to operate. And because more people will get preventive care, the city might actually save money, he added.

Also, the city will use NYC Care to connect New Yorkers who are not eligible for health insurance, especially the undocumented or those who can't afford coverage, to health care. Unlike most health coverage, however, the care will be available only within New York City. "With NYC Care, the citizens of this great city can finally exercise that right". Mayor de Blasio is an expert at unveiling cloud-castles and proclaiming himself a master builder.

All children in New York State already have access to health coverage.

The news, however, came with a caveat; although overall deaths declined, the number of pedestrians killed in traffic increased a year ago, city officials noted last week.

City officials plan to reach out to low-income New Yorkers who qualify.

The mayor tweeted "Through our own public health option and a new program called NYC Care, we'll ensure the first stop for people isn't the emergency room".

NYC Care will be launched in the Bronx later this year and expand to all New Yorkers in 2021.

He also said that no new taxes would be issued to pay for the plan, noting that "we're going to pay for" this "through our public health care system because we're making it a priority".

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