‘One Down, One To Go’

State Senator Loretta Weinberg, D-Bergen, the Chairwoman of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee, explains during a Statehouse news conference how cuts in charity care will result in more pressure on New Jersey hospitals, less services, more hospital closures, and higher premiums on people who have health insurance and subsidize care for those who do not.

TRENTON – Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen), chair of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee, today released the following statement on the Governor’s decision to restore drug benefits to 957 residents with HIV/AIDS scheduled to be dropped from the state’s AIDS Drug Distribution Program (ADDP) Sunday:

“One down, one to go. I am glad that the Governor reversed course on cutting essential care for 957 HIV/AIDS patients. I hope he will follow this up by restoring his cut to the 136,000 men and women who rely on New Jersey family planning centers for their health needs.

“It appears this isn’t a matter of dollars and cents. If the Governor could find $7.9 million to restore vital medications to people enrolled in the AIDS Drug Distribution Program, certainly he or the treasurer can explain why the $7.5 million we have identified for family planning is unworkable.”