The de Blasio Administration launched NYC Care, a key component of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s commitment to guarantee health care for all New Yorkers, by offering quality and affordable health care for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who are not eligible for insurance or who cannot afford it. With the launch of NYC Care in the Bronx, eligible New Yorkers in that borough are able to begin their enrollment process by calling and receiving the NYC Care membership card in the mail.
The launch gives New Yorkers in that borough access to a dedicated primary care provider, allows them to receive preventive care and routine screenings, gives them access to specialty care services, allows them to make appointments, and navigate their health care needs through a new 24/7 customer service center. New Yorkers will also get access to affordable medications day or night. The customized membership card will also detail the specific discounted costs for primary care, specialty visits, and prescription drugs for each member based on household size and income. All services are provided by NYC Health + Hospitals and all information about consumer care and treatment is kept private and confidential in accordance with the law.
In January 2019, Mayor de Blasio announced the launch of the largest, most comprehensive initiative in the nation to guarantee health care for every New Yorker. When fully implemented, New York City will ensure the estimated 600,000 New Yorkers currently without insurance are connected to health care—including NYC’s Public Option, MetroPlus—or have direct access to the nation’s largest public health care system through the NYC Care program. Of the 600,000 uninsured New Yorkers, approximately half of them are currently ineligible for health insurance or unable to afford it based on the Affordable Care Act definition, and would be eligible to enroll in NYC Care. The $100 million program will be implemented in all five boroughs by the end of 2020, ensuring that all New Yorkers to have the health care access they need.
NYC Health + Hospitals is a public health care delivery system and an integrated network of hospitals, trauma centers, neighborhood health centers, nursing homes, and post-acute care centers. NYC Health + Hospitals is a home care agency and a health plan, MetroPlus. The health system provides essential services to more than 1.4 million New Yorkers every year in more than 70 consumer care locations and in their homes. The talented workforce of more than 40,000 represents the diversity of the city and the communities that are served. The excellence of the staff, and the continued mission to care for all without exception, allows the system to provide equitable, high-quality, culturally responsive, and affordable health care in every New York City community.
This was reported by NYC Health + Hospitals on August 1, 2019.