With the largest share of foreign-born population of any U.S. city, New York plans to offer low-cost healthcare to all the uninsured immigrants living in the city, regardless of their legal status. Direct Access is a pilot program set to be launched next spring that aims to expand the existing healthcare system to all of the city’s inhabitants.
Many uninsured immigrants have extremely little access to health care facilities and especially to preventive care, so most of them end up at the emergency. Under the new program, the public administration will develop a network of primary and preventative healthcare providers for this category. These facilities will offer information in a variety of languages. The program will initially apply to 1.000 immigrants who are not eligible under the Obamacare, and it is expected to extend in the following years.
Direct Access will cost $6 million for starters. Across the U.S., several cities including San Francisco and Los Angeles have already launched immigrant healthcare programs.
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