Health Care

The Governor’s Budget Falls Short on Medicaid

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.


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

March 5th, 2014 by Raymond J Castro | No Comments

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.


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

February 5th, 2014 by Raymond J Castro | 3 Comments

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

December 4th, 2013 by Raymond J Castro | No Comments

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 […]


State Support Essential for Federal Health Insurance Exchange

April 9th, 2013 by Raymond J Castro | 1 Comment

The fact that New Jersey will rely on a federal exchange to determine eligibility and the level of subsidized premiums to be paid under ACA does not relieve it of responsibility. It just means that it will receive minimal federal funding to discharge those responsibilities.


Expanding Medicaid Would Save New Jersey Billions of Dollars

February 21st, 2013 by Raymond J Castro | No Comments

Expanding Medicaid Would Save New Jersey Billions of Dollars

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) more than 300,000 New Jersey residents who don’t have health insurance could have affordable health coverage starting next year, and the state economy would get average annual boost of about $1.7 billion – money that the federal government has set aside for New Jersey to provide this coverage. These benefits alone should persuade Governor Christie to accept available federal funds to expand Medicaid. However, there is another crucial reason to do so: immediate and major budget savings over the next decade.


Expanding Medicaid: A Big Boost to New Jersey’s Economy

February 13th, 2013 by Raymond J Castro | No Comments

Expanding Medicaid: A Big Boost to New Jersey’s Economy

Expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would not only provide health coverage to 307,000 newly eligible low-income New Jerseyans, it would benefit the economy in all parts of the state and create many jobs. The Medicaid expansion would bring an estimated $15.4 billion to New Jersey from 2013 to 2022, an average of $1.7 billion a year. The economic potential would be equivalent to building the Meadowlands’ MetLife Stadium, a casino the size of The Borgata, or three large hospitals every year in New Jersey.


Another Reason to Expand Medicaid: Working New Jerseyans in Most Occupations Would Benefit

January 9th, 2013 by Raymond J Castro | 2 Comments

Another Reason to Expand Medicaid: Working New Jerseyans in Most Occupations Would Benefit

The New Jersey workers who would benefit from the expansion work in a range of industries, from restaurants and retail to construction and education. Expanding Medicaid would not only benefit these workers, it would provide an economic boost to some of the largest industries in New Jersey by creating a healthier and more competitive workforce. In fact, not expanding Medicaid would put the state at a distinct disadvantage since many businesses would be more likely to locate in other states that provide health coverage for their employees though the Medicaid expansion.


Fact Sheet: 9 Great Reasons to Expand Medicaid in New Jersey Now

December 6th, 2012 by Raymond J Castro | 1 Comment

Fact Sheet: 9 Great Reasons to Expand Medicaid in New Jersey Now

There is no question New Jersey needs to accept the Medicaid expansion – it would be a boon to the state’s uninsured, and it’s bottom line. For a quick rundown of the top nine reasons, check out our new fact sheet.


Health care forum

August 22nd, 2011 by Karen Lagerquist | No Comments

Health care forum

Save the date: September 14, 2011. Making a Health Insurance Exchange Work for New Jersey. Click to register today.






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