As Coverage For All bill awaits Assembly approval, can it improve health outcomes for the Bronx and its immigrant communites?


As members of New York’s State Assembly reconvene for legislative duty on June 20, state Sen. Gustavo Rivera hopes his Coverage For All proposal — which passed the Senate and needs 76 votes for passage in the Assembly — crosses the finish line.

Coverage For All seeks to expand health coverage for all low-income New Yorkers, including undocumented noncitizens, through use of federal funds. Rivera, a leading progressive in the state and the Senate’s health committee chair, calls the bill a “common sense” public health measure that could improve health outcomes for the Bronx, and its myriad of immigrant and low-income communities.