NEW YORK, NY — NYC Care which provides no-cost or low-cost healthcare, has enrolled more than 10,000 New Yorkers in the Bronx since its launch in August. The program will be available citywide by the end of next year.
“In the world’s wealthiest nation, no person should ever have to choose between taking their child to the doctor and putting food on the table, said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “In New York City, we are making this right a reality, and providing low-cost affordable, healthcare to all those who need it. With over 10,000 Bronxites now enrolled in NYC Care, we are showing firsthand what it means to be a City that puts working people first.”
NYC Care is a no- or low-cost health care access program of NYC Health + Hospitals for New Yorkers who are not eligible for insurance or who cannot afford it. Through the program’s extended pharmacy hours, members have filled over 14,000 prescriptions. NYC Health + Hospital is running a borough-wide multilingual public awareness campaign including advertisements in public transportation, social media, neighborhood stores, ethnic and community media and LinkNYC terminals as well as street marketing outreach and special ethnic media partnerships.
“Within just 4 months after its launch, NYC Care is ahead of its enrollment goal schedule in the Bronx with all members receiving primary care appointments within the first two weeks of enrollment,” said Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson. “This is a testament to providing truly accessible and affordable healthcare for all New Yorkers. We look forward to the continued expansion of this program to other boroughs beginning in January. ”
Eligible New Yorkers can enroll by calling 646-NYC-CARE to meet with a financial counselor at a health system patient care site. Members will receive a personalized membership card in the mail to start enjoying NYC Care services.