Prieto: Democrats Will Question Any Christie Medicaid Services Cut

(TRENTON) – Assembly Budget Chairman Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen) released the following statement Wednesday after the Assembly Budget Committee heard testimony on the Christie administration’s still-unapproved plan to save $300 million by revising the Medicaid health care program for low-income New Jerseyans:

“Today’s discussion was positive and I thank Commissioner Velez for taking the time to testify, but many details remain unclear.
“We’re two-thirds of the way through the fiscal year and much uncertainty remains. We must know sooner rather than later if this is a realistic plan that won’t blow a hole in the state budget and risk access to quality health care.
“The commissioner promised that any denial of the administration’s plan would neither cost taxpayers nor lead to draconian cuts in services. We plan to hold the commissioner true to her word, but will also question any cut in health care services for working class residents and their families.”