Philadelphia Inquirer

Group Wants Cuts Restored For Immigrant Children

The Philadelphia Inquirer — Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. — New Jersey's percentage of uninsured immigrant children is higher than the national average.

That's the conclusion of a Rutgers University report released Tuesday.

Immigrant and health care advocacy groups are calling on the state to restore $1 million in funding that was recently cut from the budget. The money was for community outreach efforts to educate legal immigrants on available state health coverage.

Advocates argue the program is much more important in the immigrant community, where many parents may not be aware of existing programs for children.
New Jersey had no funding for health care community outreach for five years, until $1 million was earmarked for it in 2008 — money that was recently cut from the state budget, according to Castro.

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