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Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, NYC Health + Hospitals Hosted Media Roundtable to Discuss Elimination of 6-Month Residency Requirement for NYC Care

July 6, 2022

NEW YORK—Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) Commissioner Manuel Castro and NYC Health + Hospitals (H+H) Executive Director of NYC Care Dr. Jonathan Jiménez hosted an in-person Ethnic and Community Media Roundtable at City Hall. The roundtable also included a testimony by NYC Care patient, Wendell Wells. This was MOIA’s second in person ethnic and community media roundtable.

During the roundtable, both Commissioner Castro and Dr. Jimenez discussed the elimination of the 6-month residency requirement for NYC Care. They also answered questions about NYC Care requirements, including proof of address and identification. They also clarified that immigrant New Yorkers should seek care without fear. In NYC, healthcare services are available regardless of immigration status. Dr. Jiménez also shared the latest updates regarding the “Test to Treat” program.

NYC Care is a health care access program that guarantees low-cost and no-cost services offered by NYC Health + Hospitals to New Yorkers who do not qualify for or cannot afford health insurance based on federal guidelines. NYC Care is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive initiative to guarantee health care for New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status or ability to pay.  To set up an appointment, New Yorkers can call 646-692-2273 or visit