Raymond J Castro

castro website 200x200Ray Castro, Senior Policy Analyst, works on economic empowerment and health care issues, producing reports, testifying in legislative hearings and working with advocates, legislators and their staff, and other key stakeholders to change policy and boost families in need.

Ray’s research interests include: poverty, the social safety net, public assistance, working family tax credits, the Affordable Care Act, universal health coverage, NJ FamilyCare and health care transformation.

Before joining NJPP in August 2006, Ray worked for the New Jersey Department of Human Services for more than 30 years, mainly serving as the Director of the DHS Office of Legislative Services in the Commissioner’s office. He was closely involved with developing federal and state legislation relating to Medicaid, mental health, welfare reform, child protective services, child care and other work support programs, and helped develop the policy and legislative strategy that led to New Jersey’s state Earned Income Tax Credit.

He received a BA in psychology from the University of California-Berkeley and holds a master’s in social work degree with a specialization in policy from Rutgers University.

Email: castro (at) njpp.org | Phone: 609-393-1145 ext. 11


Census: More New Jerseyans Gain Health Insurance

The share of New Jerseyans without insurance is now 8.7 percent.

Update: TANF in New Jersey is a Rapidly Disappearing Safety Net

TANF enrollment of families with children has decreased by 37 percent in two years.

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Christie Vetoes Needlessly Punish New Jersey’s Poorest Children

Gov. Christie is looking the crisis of deep child poverty right in the eye, and turning away without action.


Time For Affordability

Surprise out-of-network medical bills contribute to New Jersey’s health care affordability problem. It’s time for reform.

No, New Jersey’s Poorest Aren’t Offered a ‘Very Large’ Package of Benefits

The Department of Human Services Commissioner says families in WorkFirst NJ are offered a ”very large” package of benefits from other programs. But that’s just not the case.