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Statehouse Press Conf. Sen Vitale & Advocates Oppose State Budget

NewsBlaze — Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Today, Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. in room 109 of the Trenton Statehouse, NJ State Senator Joseph Vitale (D-Middlesex), Chair of the NJ Senate Health Committee, will join health care advocates from across the State including Ev Liebman, Director of Organizing and Advocacy for NJ Citizen Action, Reverend Bruce Davidson, Director of the NJ Lutheran Office of Governmental Ministries, Ray Castro, Senior Policy Analyst for NJ Policy Perspective, and Lowell Arye, Executive Director of Alliance for the Betterment of Citizens with Disabilities for a Press Conference to oppose proposed cuts to critical health care programs in NJ's FY 2010 State Budget.

Senator Vitale and advocates representing over 2 million NJ residents will oppose proposals to cut back enrollment of parents between 150%-200% of poverty in the NJ FamilyCare Program and the implementation of co-payments for Medicaid recipients and people in the AIDS Drug Distribution Program (ADDP).

"The proposed FamilyCare cuts and Medicaid and ADDP co-pays will cost NJ taxpayers more than they will save and are the wrong choices for New Jersey," says Liebman. "These proposals, if enacted, will make quality, affordable health care less rather than more accessible to residents."

WHO: NJ State Senator Joseph Vitale (D-Middlesex), NJ Coalition For A Moral Budget, NJ For Health Care Coalition, NJ Main Street Alliance, NJ Citizen Action, NJ Lutheran Office of Governmental Ministries, Alliance for the Betterment of Citizens with Disabilities, NJ Policy Perspective, AARP-NJ, Association for Children of NJ, Rutgers AAUP-AFT, SJ NOW-Alice Paul Chapter

WHAT: Press Conference to oppose cuts to critical health care programs in NJ's FY10 Budget

WHEN: TODAY, Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: Trenton Statehouse, Room 109, 125 West State Street, Trenton, NJ

NJ For Health Care is a broad-based alliance of health care, consumer, senior, student, disability, women's, labor, faith-based, civil rights and social justice organizations working to bring guaranteed, high quality, affordable health care to all New Jersey residents.

www.njforhealthcare.org

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