VAINIERI HUTTLE HEARTENED BY ADMIN HEEDING CALL TO SCRAP HARMFUL MEDICAID CHANGES

Assembly Human Services Chair Promises Further Review of Proposal

Assembly Human Services Committee Chair Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) today welcomed the news that the Christie administration has heeded her call to eliminate some of the most damaging proposals included in their Medicaid waiver application.

“The administration’s proposal in its original form would have dealt a devastating blow to some of our neediest residents. It’s comforting to know they have seen a bit of the light and are withdrawing their plans to severely limit eligibility levels and charge sizeable co-pays for emergency room visits.

“With unemployment at its highest level in years, many residents have not only lost their jobs, but the health benefits that went along with it. This is when New Jersey must step up to help its uninsured residents, not make it even harder for families to have access to medical services.

“As the Human Services Committee Chair, I’m looking forward to reviewing this complex proposal even further to ensure that the price of potential cost savings is not putting our most vulnerable citizens in harms way.”