TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senator Joseph F. Vitale which would reverse unfair income practices which deny individuals access to the New Jersey FamilyCare program, a safety net program which provides health care access for uninsured New Jerseyans, was approved today by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.
“NJ FamilyCare provides necessary health benefits to uninsured New Jerseyans,” said Senator Vitale, D-Middlesex. “When Governor Christie froze enrollment of new parents to New Jersey FamilyCare it was done in such a way that I do not believe he intended. The net impact is that people who experience financial hardships – such as losing their job or becoming disabled – end up losing their health coverage. By restricting access to this program, we’re putting people in jeopardy, and sending a message that access to quality health care isn’t a priority for the State of New Jersey.”