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Local Leaders Ask New Jersey Congressional Delegation To Make Affordability A Priority In Final Health Reform Legislation

Letters outline support for strong affordability and coverage provisions for low- and moderate-income Americans

Local Talk News — Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Highland Park, NJ: More than 16 local leaders sent a letter to the New Jersey Congressional delegation calling for stronger affordability protections for low- and moderate-income Americans in final health reform legislation.

Signers include Phyllis Salowe-Kaye, Executive Director of New Jersey Citizen Action; Vic DeLuca, Mayor, Mayor of Maplewood; Rev. Reginald Jackson, St. Matthew A.M.E. Church of Newark; Drew Harris, NJ Public Health Institute; Rabbi Barry L. Schwartz. Congregation M'kor Shalom in Cherry Hill: Jean Pierce, Health Professionals and Allied Employees, Camden Churches Organized for People-PICO; Hon. Wayne Smith, Mayor Irvington; Dr. Brian W Bussey, Assistant Treasurer Vestry, Kinnelon, NJ; Rev. Jeffrey A. Vamos The Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville; Rev. Laurence E. Miller, Mt. Holly; Catherine Furlani, Director Archdiocese of Newark / Human Concerns Office, Newark, New Jersey; Diana Autin, Executive Co-Director Statewide Parent Advocacy Network of NJ ; Rev. H. Wayne Brady, Grace Lutheran Church, Perth Amboy; Rev. Bruce Davidson, Lutheran Office of Governmental Ministry of NJ, Trenton; Daniel Santo Pietro, Executive Director Hispanic Directors Association of New Jersey and Art Kasoff, NJ Elder Rights Alliance.

They are also among the more than 750 clergy, small business owners, health practitioners, health care providers, and heads of national, state and local organizations from across the country who signed the same letter to President Obama and Members of the House and Senate. Together, these groups represent 100 million people throughout the United States.

The letter is part of a broad effort to improve affordability provisions ofthe legislation as lawmakers work to craft a final bill. On Wednesday, January 13th, more than 200 national, state and local faith, labor and nonprofit leaders will convene in Washington D.C. for an "Affordability Summit," which will include meetings with Members of Congress to deliver the message that affordability of coverage for all families is paramount to health reform's success.

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