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March 16, 2017
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Dear Supporter:

In New Jersey3.7 % of children are uninsured.  A drop due to  NJ FamilyCare, which is primarily funded with federal Medicaid dollars. 838,000 children  rely on Medicaid and NJ FamilyCare(CHIP) to access the care they need to be healthy.  26,000 children were enrolled in Marketplace plans at the end of the 2016 open enrollment period.

Congress is considering a new health insurance bill, The American Health Care Act (AHCA) which, if it becomes law, will impact children and families. Here are some steps you can take to have your voice heard:
  • Call your Congressional representatives TODAY to urge them to VOTE NO on the AHCA as currently written.
  • If you or your children are enrolled in NJ FamilyCare, tell them what that coverage means to you.
  • Express your concerns about the negative impact this legislation will have on New Jersey.
  • Please tell your representatives to VOTE NO on this legislation as currently written.

Click here if you need to find your Member of Congress.

Here are some facts about the current status of healthcare in New Jersey and the impact the proposed AHCA will have on many children in New Jersey:

  • New Jersey’s rate of uninsured children has dropped to a record 3.7%, in large part due to NJ FamilyCare, which is primarily funded with federal Medicaid dollars.
  • According to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Georgetown Center for Children and Families, 55% of total federal funds received by New Jersey is for Medicaid.
  • The AHCA would still prohibit health insurers from denying coverage or charging more money to patients based on pre-existing conditions, and continue the requirement that dependents can stay on their parents’ plan until they are 26.
  • The AHCA would eliminate federal Medicaid expansion dollars and freeze funding for Medicaid.
  • Cuts to Medicaid expansion post-2020 will reverse New Jersey's gains in eliminating our number of uninsured children.
  • Currently Medicaid plans for children must cover essential health benefits. The AHCA takes those protections away and lets states decide what benefits to provide.
  • Caps on Medicaid per capita spending will necessitate either substantially more state dollars or less care for seniors and disabled children and/or children with high-cost conditions such as cancer, diabetes, disabilities, and HIV/AIDS.
  • Without the federal dollars, state policymakers will have to either cut the number of kids and/or adults covered, or cut the quality of services provided.



Cecilia Zalkind

Advocates for Children of New Jersey

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