May 27th, 2014 by Raymond J Castro | No Comments
Just 13.2 percent of New Jerseyans were without health insurance in early March, down from 21.2 percent in September 2013. If the trend continues at this pace, New Jersey will have its smallest share of uninsured residents since 1990 later this year.
May 1st, 2014 by Raymond J Castro | No Comments
In all, a total of 264,000 New Jerseyans selected Marketplace plans and enrolled in NJ FamilyCare compared to the total enrollment goal of 185,000. New Jersey is on the fast track to reduce the number of residents without health insurance – and that will benefit everyone.
March 6th, 2014 by Raymond J Castro | No Comments
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.
February 20th, 2014 by Raymond J Castro | No Comments
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.
February 6th, 2014 by Raymond J Castro | No Comments
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.
February 5th, 2014 by Raymond J Castro | 3 Comments
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.
January 3rd, 2014 by Jon Whiten | 2 Comments
NJPP senior policy analyst Raymond Castro busted a major myth being spread about health care reform in a Wednesday segment on NJTV News with Mike Schneider. After a representative from a business lobby group suggested that health care reform could lead many employers to stop offering health insurance for their employees, Castro set the record straight.
December 6th, 2013 by Jon Whiten | No Comments
NJPP senior policy analyst Raymond Castro appeared last night on NJTV News with Mike Schneider to discuss the importance of health care reform, New Jersey’ss actions on substandard health plans and how the state could take steps to ensure comprehensive health coverage is more affordable to all New Jerseyans.
December 4th, 2013 by Jon Whiten | No Comments
State officials and insurers are facing important policy choices regarding substandard health plans that will impact the availability of comprehensive health care that is affordable to as many New Jerseyans as possible, according to a new Issue Brief released today by New Jersey Policy Perspective.
December 4th, 2013 by Raymond J Castro | No Comments
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 […]