New York City to Implement Health Care Program for the Uninsured
May 2019 ~
The mayor of New York City has given his approval to move forward with implementation of the state’s NYC Care program, an initiative to provide health care to individuals without insurance and undocumented immigrants. NYC Care will be launched in the Bronx on August 1, and will be fully implemented across the city by the end of 2020.
The state will also issue NYC Care Card to residents that will enable them to more easily connect each member with a dedicated doctor and access to a 24-hour customer service line, and reported that NYC Health + Hospitals will be hiring an additional seven physicians in the Bronx as part of the roll-out. NYC H+H will be providing medical care for the initiative.
An estimated 300,000 New Yorkers, currently ineligible for health insurance, will be able to enroll in NYC Care. The $100 million program is one of two major components of the City’s Guaranteed Care commitment and will be fully implemented across all five boroughs by the end of 2020.
“In New York City, we know health care is a human right, which is why we’re making that right a reality,” said Mayor de Blasio. “We’re on track to guarantee health care for every single New Yorker. Access to quality and affordable health care is one of the biggest burdens working people face. Now they won’t face it alone.”