NEW YORK — A new City Council proposal would connect New Yorkers to culturally competent, community-based health care services through an LGBT-inclusive program for uninsured and underinsured people, though fully insured residents are welcome to participate, Gay City News reports.
The bill, introduced Aug. 14 by City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Manhattan Councilmembers Mark Levine, Carlina Rivera and Ben Kallos, would offer localized health care services in every community district. There is no cost to participate in the program, but folks would still pay for the services —including doctor visits, prescriptions and tests — on a sliding scale based on their income, Gay City News reports.
Patients would be assigned a navigator to help coordinate health care and have access to doctors who would be able to provide preventative and diagnostic care. Those services would include tests, prescriptions, referrals and chronic pain management, as well as mental health services and inpatient and outpatient hospital services, Gay City News reports.
The program would also include 24-hour access to telemedicine care. Specialty care would also be available, but a City Council spokesperson did not provide further details on that, Gay City News reports.
The bill stipulates that the program must include providers that serve LGBT people and undocumented immigrants. Considering the legislation is in its infancy, full details on which providers that would entail are not yet available, Gay City News reports.