Dubbed NYC Care, the program will be operational in 2019 borough by borough and will give New York City "the most comprehensive health system in the nation", said the mayor.
NYC Care will start rolling out in coming months and will take more than two years to be fully implemented, de Blasio said.
The coalition consists of The Legal Aid Society, the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, Brooklyn Defender Services, the Bronx Defenders, Citizen Action of New York, JustLeadershipUSA, LatinoJustice, Metro Justice, New York Communities for Change, Parole Preparation Project, the Release Aging People in Prison Campaign and VOCAL-NY.
The Affordable Care Act helped get 8 million New Yorkers health insurance, but the remaining residents without health care either can't afford it, have been unable to navigate the exchange or are undocumented. Only New York City residents are eligible for NYC Care.
"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 city has 4.5 million workers, public and private, this will affect half a million people". The mayor is trying to do what some of his predecessors attempted-shift patients away from the emergency room and into primary care, or clinics. According to NBC New York, this coverage would include any NYC resident who doesn't qualify for Medicaid, including undocumented residents of the city. The services won't be free for everyone: Fees will be assessed on a sliding scale, depending on income.More news: Maurizio Sarri: Cesc Fabregas must leave Chelsea for his own good
The city will spend $100 million on the program, The New York Times reported.
The mayor made the announcement on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," saying, "This has never been done before in this country in this kind of comprehensive way".
Unlike the MetroPlus plan, NYC Care is a program that leverages the city's hospital system. "We'll put the money in to make it work", de Blasio said. "Get used to this criticism-you're going to hear a lot of it". The answer: Mayor de Blasio is not really proposing anything new; nor is he planning to expand services or care to anyone now ineligible.
"No one should have to live in fear".
At first glance, the program seems similar to NYC Health and Hospitals' system of treating the uninsured.
"If you are working for a small, struggling company, one with obviously more than five employees but maybe 10-15 people, a retailer that is fighting Amazon, that is fighting higher property taxes, higher health care costs for the workforce, yes, this is just one more cost for that company".