Press release — Assembly Republican Budget Officer Declan O’Scanlon commended New Jersey’s commitment to provide access to health care for uninsured and low-insured New Jerseyans.
“Any practical examination of New Jersey’s compassion and commitment to provide healthcare to vulnerable residents would conclude that our health safety net has been performing admirably,” O’Scanlon, R-Monmouth, said. “All of the wildly outrageous claims Trenton Democrats have made about health care over the years have been thoroughly and thankfully proven wrong.”
According to Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd, there has been a 28 percent increase in the number of people being treated at family planning and community health centers in New Jersey – including an 18 percent increase in women.
“More are using community health care than ever before,” O’Scanlon said. “We have heard from the Health Commissioner and we have heard from independent health officials who all agree that our state’s health care system is working exceptionally well.”
The proposed FY 2014 budget contains a record-level $50 million to fund community health centers, which served more than 450,000 people in 105 centers last year – may of whom are women and children. The budget also provides $12 million to fund cancer screenings and education for the uninsured.