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Raymond Castro is New Jersey Policy Perspective's senior policy analyst.

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Op-Ed: How to Avoid Food Stamp Cuts to 160,000 New Jersey Households

New Jersey has the opportunity to generate a substantial return on an investment while ensuring tens of thousands of residents keep important nutritional benefits — but only if the governor acts quickly. Will he follow the lead of his colleagues in Pennsylvania and New York and at least three other states, or will he allow a golden opportunity to pass New Jersey by?


The Governor’s Budget Falls Short on Medicaid

There’s certainly some good news in the governor’s budget when it comes to Medicaid, but it unfortunately does not address a major problem that could be avoided.


New Jersey Enrollment Goals for NJ FamilyCare and Health Insurance Marketplace Plans

What does ‘success’ look like for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in New Jersey? Today, New Jersey Policy Perspective, in cooperation with the Rutgers Center on State Health Policy quantified the answer to this question by announcing detailed goals for ACA enrollment, which are being supported by a grassroots campaign organized by the NJ for Health Care Coalition.


NJPP Statement on State’s Request on $7.6 Million Health Care Grant

New Jersey’s request to the federal government regarding potential uses of a $7.6 million federal planning grant is disingenuous at best and ignores the real needs of the 900,000 New Jerseyans who lack health insurance.


NJPP Testimony: New Jersey Should Seize ACA Opportunity & Tap Federal Funds for Outreach

The Affordable Care Act presents a great opportunity – but it is only an opportunity; without adequate outreach the real promise of this legislation will not be achieved.


The $7.6 Million Question: Will New Jersey Leave Thousands Without Health Insurance in the Dark?

The clock is ticking: New Jersey will forfeit $7.6 million in federal funds if the Christie administration misses a February 20 deadline to submit a plan to help thousands of New Jerseyans who lack health insurance get the quality, affordable care that is available to them.


Issue Brief: The State and Insurers Face Important Policy Choices on Substandard Health Plans

If you’d prefer to read a PDF version of this report, click here. New Jersey insurers must decide soon whether to extend substandard health plans that will eventually not comply with the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) comprehensive coverage and consumer protections provisions. Individuals and small businesses initially would have been unable to renew these plans […]


Op-Ed: New Census Data Confirms: Real Poverty is Rampant in New Jersey

Despite being the second wealthiest state in the nation, New Jersey has a higher real poverty rate than 35 other states with about 1.35 million, or one in seven, residents living in poverty, according to the recent Supplemental Poverty Measure released by the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s 44 percent more than the 930,000 that are living under the official federal poverty level.


Op-Ed: And Now for the Good News: Medicaid Expansion is Right on Schedule

Although most press accounts about the rollout of federal health care reform in New Jersey have focused on computer glitches related to the online health insurance Marketplace, one key component is running smoothly: the state’s online application for Medicaid coverage.


Op-Ed: Obamacare Will Provide Health Insurance to More N.J. Residents

If there were any remaining doubts about the need for health care reform in New Jersey, they should be dispelled by recent Census data, which show a dramatic increase in the uninsured in the state.


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