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

 

The ‘American Health Care Act’ Would Cause Nearly Half a Million New Jerseyans to Lose Health Coverage

As House Republicans rush to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, it has become clearer how much their proposal would harm New Jersey.

Repealing the Affordable Care Act Would Devastate New Jersey

In county after county, the numbers are clear: repealing the ACA without an adequate replacement is a terrible idea.

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Op-Ed: GOP Governors are Standing Up for Obamacare

Gov. Christie should join them, and fight to protect a key piece of his legacy.

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Lawmakers Act to Defend the ACA After NJPP Report

We’re fighting hard to protect the Affordable Care Act.

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Repealing the Medicaid Expansion Would Reverse Health Coverage Gains & Deepen New Jersey’s Financial Crisis

Proposal would cause over a half million residents to lose health coverage and cost the state about $3 billion a year in federal funds.