Free and Subsidized Health Insurance For Residents And Immigrants To Cost New York $94.4 Billion

C. Heslop

Medicaid and Public Health Insurance are the coverage of many New York residents.

This year, the number of people on government-funded Medicaid will jump to 8 million. Another 3.7 million of the state's 19 million citizens qualify for the program. The city has been ramping up sign-ups across the state.

Other residents, like migrants and asylum seekers, qualify for Public Health Insurance. Gov. Hochul's $227 billion budget shows she expects this program enrollment to soar. The care package could hit 9 million subscribers. This initiative falls under the Affordable Care Act, once known as Obamacare.

New York is on a mission to reduce its uninsured population.

The progress has been good. Medicaid enrollees jumped from 5.2 million in 2012 to 6 million in 2019. The pandemic, unemployment, and job losses fueled more Medicaid applications. Memberships skyrocketed to 7.8 million by December 2022.

The premiums of these programs are small. Some people pay $0, and others contribute less than 9.12% of their household income.

These programs target low-income families. A single person with an income of $13,590 to $54,360 in 2022 qualified for the Care Act. In line with inflation, the average yearly cost is $9,531, or $1,600 more than 2017 contributions.

The bill for this healthcare provision is $94.4 billion.

Hochul hopes to split costs between the federal, local, and state governments. Each organization gives a record-breaking $34.7 billion if the budget gets approval. This amount is almost double what the state paid a decade ago.


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