The city would only say it is hoping to create something that is more comprehensive, offering help to vulnerable populations beyond undocumented immigrants. | Getty
After helping to connect more than 1,000 of the city’s undocumented immigrants to essential health care services, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration is shutting down the Direct Access program at the end of this month.
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Launched in 2015 as a one-year, $6 million pilot, Direct Access was the top recommendation in a long list of suggestions released by the Mayor’s Task Force on Immigrant Health Care Access, which de Blasio convened in 2014.
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The city, which has dedicated no new funding to replace the program, would only say it is hoping to create