Mayor de Blasio’s New Health Care Initiative, NYC Care launches

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Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new health care initiative is officially launching today.

Thousands of New Yorkers are expected to enroll for the NYC Care Card.

The card is expected to provide service regardless of immigration status.

People from different organizations will be passing out flyers today, encouraging those who don't have health insurance to sign up. Over 50 people will be at different stops throughout the Bronx.

Mayor de Blasio says his goal is to provide affordable health insurance to everyone, strengthening New York City’s health insurance option, Metro Plus. Through the new program NYC Care, all services like primary care, mental health, substance abuse services and more will be affordable on a sliding scale.

Under the new health care, residents will be able to use their card to receive their own doctor, get screenings and tests, connect to a 24/7 service to help make appointments and easy access to affordable medication.

An estimated 10,000 patients are expected to enroll within the next six months.

The new health care initiative is big change that the mayor and NYC Health + Hospitals are preparing for. News 12 is told more doctors have been hired to serve the community.

The program is starting in the Bronx and will be fully implemented across all five boroughs by the end of 2020.

To be eligible, patients have to be living in New York City for six months or more and currently have no health insurance.

 

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