Governor Jon Corzine, Senator Ronald Rice (D-Essex) and Senator Joseph Vitale (D-Middlesex) at the bill signing ceremony

29 Nov: Vitale-Rice Bill To Expand Children’s Catastrophic Illness Safety Net Approved In Committee

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senators Joseph F. Vitale and Ronald L. Rice which would provide additional revenue to the Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund was approved by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee today by a vote of 8-0.

“Since the program began, the Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund has been a popular State-run tool to help families struggling to meet high health care costs for sick kids,” said Senator Vitale, D-Middlesex, the Chair of the Senate Health Committee. “Often, families face a number of additional costs which, while not covered by health insurance or other State or federal assistance programs, are vital to ensuring recovery. The Catastrophic Illness Relief Fund provides the resources to offset some of the incidental, uncovered expenses of medical care and help families meet their health care needs.”