Raymond J Castro
Surprise out-of-network medical bills contribute to New Jersey’s health care affordability problem. It’s time for reform.
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.
One of the main causes for deep child poverty is the erosion of basic assistance to New Jersey families facing the biggest economic challenges.
A tax cut that benefits just the wealthy few is glaringly out of step with budget priorities of New Jersey, will make it harder to restore earlier funding cuts and will make it nearly impossible to do much to tackle some of the state’s other big problems, like growing poverty.
The TANF cash benefit, which is $424 a month for a family of three, has not been increased in 29 years. Ronald Reagan was still president, and the Bangles’ “Walk Like an Egyptian” was the top hit of the day.