QUIGLEY: UNCERTAIN PLAN FOR CHRISTIE HEALTH CARE CUT SHOULD WORRY ALL NEW JERSEYANS

Assemblywoman Joan M. Quigley (D-Hudson/Bergen) released the following statement Tuesday as the Assembly Budget Committee heard testimony on Gov. Christie’s plan to slash Medicaid by $300 million:

“The governor’s plan to slash Medicaid funding should worry every family and individual in New Jersey, some of whom are already reeling under the governor’s cuts to health care for women and their children.

“Medicaid helps low-income families and individuals afford medical care. Under the governor’s uncertain plan, many will end up having no choice but to seek more expensive health care in emergency rooms, costing taxpayers dearly.

“The Medicaid program may need changing and flexibility, but the people of New Jersey need to know what the plan will be to preserve access to quality health care. So far, the administration hasn’t been able to explain one.

“When you prepare a budget, it’s best to minimize risk. Trying to save $300 million through an undefined Medicaid cut that needs federal approval, when the budget surplus is going to $303 million, is a huge risk.

“This cut could seriously jeopardize health care for the state’s most vulnerable residents.”