De Blasio Proposes 10 Days Of Paid Personal Time For NYC Workers

De Blasio Proposes 10 Days Of Paid Personal Time For NYC Workers

New York City on Tuesday launched a $100 million health insurance program to cover 600,000 uninsured city residents, including those unable to afford coverage and those living in the United States illegally, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

The mayor says this plan will cost $100 million per year and will serve the 600,000 New Yorkers without insurance by strengthening New York City's health insurance option, Metroplus, and through the new program called NYC Care.

The Times reports on Mayor de Blasio's plan to "guarantee health care for all New Yorkers", legal and otherwise.

De Blasio's wife, Chirlane McCray, who started a mental health program, ThriveNYC, for city residents, praised NYC Care for increasing access to mental health services. "If John or Jane Doe is sick, now they know exactly where to go".

"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.

Mayor Bill de Blasio rolled out legislation guaranteeing private-sector employees two weeks of paid vacation every year.

The program is meant to reach an estimated 600,000 city residents now without health insurance.

"The programs will include customer-friendly call lines to help New Yorkers - regardless of their insurance - make appointments with general practitioners, cardiologists, pediatricians, gynecologists and a full spectrum of health care services", the mayor's office added in a press release.

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Wait times to see a primary care doctor would be in line with the one to two weeks it now takes, officials said.

New York City will soon guarantee health care for all New Yorkers.

There will be no tax hikes to fund NYC Care, which will be financed by the city's public health budget.

"One of the labor movement's most important struggles historically has been for workers to have time for themselves and their families", said Dr. Barbara Bowen, president of CUNY's Professional Staff Congress. The healthcare-for-all plan is not limited to American citizens and would also include individuals who can not afford their existing plans.

"You know the national reality, the Republicans in Washington are trying to tear down healthcare, trying to tear down the universality of health care coverage, get rid of Obamacare".

In 2013, Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx announced a new "Integrated Wellness Program" targeting seriously mentally ill people with chronic health problems-the same population that tends to be uninsured, to neglect their own care, and to wind up in the emergency room when their diabetes or cardiovascular disease catches up with them.

"We applaud Governor Newsom for building on the strong foundation of the Affordable Care Act in his first official action", Lee said in a statement.

Thank you @NYCMayor for your commitment to cover all NYC residents, including those who are undocumented; this is a big step in the right direction-but healthcare is still a human right, and must be extended to everyone in the state!

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