Weinberg, Huttle, Stender, Greenstein To Rally For Restoration Of Critical Family Planning Funding

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.

As Part of National Women’s Health Week, Legislators Hope to Revive Vital Lifeline

TRENTON – As part of National Women’s Health Week, Senator Loretta Weinberg and Assemblywomen Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Linda Stender, and Linda Greenstein will hold a press conference on Thursday to rally for the restoration of funding for family planning agencies throughout the state, which provide critical health services for those that have little to no health insurance. The legislators will also unveil budget alternatives to help keep this vital health network in place.

The event will take place tomorrow, May 13, at 12 Noon in Committee Room 1 of the Statehouse Annex where the legislators will be joined by a coalition of supporters.

Governor Christie’s proposed budget calls for the elimination of the entire $7.5 million in funding for family planning agencies, which provide nearly 140,000 un- and under-insured patients with comprehensive health care services that include: routine gynecological exams; prenatal care; screenings for high blood pressure, anemia, diabetes, sexually transmitted infections, and breast and cervical cancer; as well as critical education and outreach.

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