NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City has launched a $100 million health insurance program to cover 600,000 uninsured residents, including those unable to afford coverage and those living in the United States illegally, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday.
“No one should have to live in fear. No one should go without the health care they need. Health care is a human right. In this city, we’re gonna make that a reality,” de Blasio said during a news conference. “From this moment on in New York City, everyone is guaranteed the right to health care.”
by saving money on preventative medicine, reduced ER visits, and a sliding scale with increased Medicaid and/or ACA coverage. San Mateo county, CA uses a similar system, with tremendous results. (though increased utilization does cause some crowding problems)