The mayor’s initiative promises to provide access to all New Yorkers regardless of immigration or socioeconomic status

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plans to provide quality health care to all New York City residents regardless of income and immigrant status through his NYC Care Card initiative, which will start on Aug. 1 with a rollout in the Bronx.

This program will close the gap for the 300,000 New Yorkers who are ineligible for health care and will have a huge impact on both the documented and undocumented Haitian community throughout New York City.

There are approximately 651,500 Haitian immigrants across the United States, and an estimated 13 percent or 87,000 live in New York City, according to the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, which used calculations from 2013 to 2017 Census data. There are approximately 3,200 Haitian immigrants in the Bronx and an estimated 34 percent or 1,800 are undocumented and will eligible to be some of the first beneficiaries of this program in two months time.

With the NYC Care Card, individuals will have access to NYC Health + Hospitals, the nation’s largest public health care system, which has 70 patient care locations including 11 hospitals and dozens of community-based health centers.

The purpose of the mayor’s initiative is to make sure that New Yorkers, regardless of their socioeconomic or immigrant status are able to access health care so that they won’t delay necessary treatments or exams until it’s too late and end up in the emergency room in hospitals where wait times are long and costly, according to NYC Health + Hospitals.


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Naeisha Rose

Naeisha Rose is a multimedia journalist and graduate of the Arts & Culture and Broadcast programs at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She has experience working on independent short films, short...