De Blasio Proposes 10 Days Of Paid Personal Time For NYC Workers

De Blasio Proposes 10 Days Of Paid Personal Time For NYC Workers

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.

"Mayor Bill de Blasio is announcing Tuesday that the city is rolling out a program to provide health care to all New York City residents, including undocumented immigrants", writes ABC News.

According to de Blasio the annual cost of the program will be, at least, $100 million. This plan will give all of that directly to the people who don't have it in the city'. "That's the ideal, that's what we need".

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

He said despite efforts to fully implement Obamacare, there are 600,000 city residents who lack insurance, including undocumented persons who can not access federal benefits. Only New York City residents are eligible for NYC Care.

Indeed, NYC Care would be a mix of insurance and direct spending, and Blasio said it would take about two years to get up and running.

Bill de Blasio at a press conference announcing NYC Care. Unlike most health coverage, however, the care will be available only within New York City. "It would protect them from having to choose between losing pay and going to their kid's graduation or the funeral of a loved one", Sonn said.

New York City taxpayers are burdened by a city income tax on top of New York State and federal income taxes they must pay. According to NBC New York, this coverage would include any NYC resident who doesn't qualify for Medicaid, including undocumented residents of the city. It also remained unclear how the city will persuade the "young invincibles" - those who can afford insurance but believe they don't need it - to join up. For example, "here, psychotherapy is a covered benefit; that's not true in San Francisco. and the current program [there] has an enrollment of about 20,000 people; that's a New York City block".

"The umbrella concept is crucial here", said de Blasio. In 1995, for instance, then-mayor Rudy Giuliani empaneled a group of experts to address the future of the city's public hospitals.

Adams called the mayor's move "a watershed moment" but also raised questions regarding the program's affordability, and how it will reshape NYC's existing health care system.

It will also aim to provide the uninsured with a range of services, including primary-care physicians, mental health services and prescription drugs, through the network of hospitals and clinics run by the city Health and Hospitals Corporation.

I stand with @NYCMayor de Blasio today in declaring health care is a right for all, not a privilege for only those who can afford care. "If we don't help people get the health care, we're going to pay plenty on the back-end when people get really sick".

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has made a decision to lead the progressive charge on the health care front.

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