03 Jun: Turner/Vitale Bill Will Help Schools More Easily Collect Vital Data From Students

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senators Shirley K. Turner and Joseph F. Vitale that would enable school districts to more easily collect vital data from students was approved by the Senate Education Committee today. The bill (S-1696) would permit students to participate in voluntary surveys if the district sends prior written notification to the students’ parents.

The measure would help remove some of the barriers that impede New Jersey’s ability to collect data important to public health and safety issues affecting the state’s student population, particularly data needed to comply with federal reporting requirements or to help obtain grants. In light of this, numerous non-profit agencies and federal grantees have halted their surveys or are seriously struggling to comply with the provisions of the current statutes.

Senator John H. Adler

05 Aug: Adler Bill To Strengthen Income Verification For Familycare Signed Into Law

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senator John Adler which will bolster the State’s income verification process for Medicaid and NJ FamilyCare was signed into law today by Governor Corzine.

“New Jersey is fighting for every cent we can get from the federal government to help fund FamilyCare and Medicaid,” said Senator Adler, D-Cherry Hill. “We cannot waste our limited resources on health care for people who don’t need our help. The tougher income verification standards will make sure only those who qualify have access to these programs.”

12 Jun: Buono/Adler Measure To Strengthen State Health Insurance Financial Checks Passes Senate

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senators Barbara Buono and John H. Adler that would bolster the State’s income verification process for Medicaid and NJ FamilyCare was approved by the State Senate today.

“The State Auditor’s report showed that we are lax in checking the financial status of those families enrolled in NJ FamilyCare and that far too many individuals were taking advantage of that fact,” said Senator Buono, D-Middlesex. “With the limited number of dollars we have available in the State Budget to provide health care, we need to make sure that every dollar we spend on Medicaid and FamilyCare goes towards providing coverage for those who truly can’t afford health care.”