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Recently released data on the Affordable Care Act’s 2017 enrollment period provide a snapshot of the healthcare law’s reach. Nearly 300,000 New Jerseyans bought insurance through the ACA marketplace. The largest proportion of enrollees were white, female, and aged between 55 and 64. The largest concentrations of enrollees were in Lakewood-Toms River, Union City, and West New York. Read more
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May 25, 2017

With NJ’s Legislature Up for Grabs, You Need a Big Picture to Assess the Action
Chase Brush | Elections 2017
Competitive or contested? Knowing the difference is key to understanding what’s happening on the ground in all 40 districts
Second Wave Hep-C Hits Young, Suburban Drug Users in New Jersey
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Mistakenly considered a baby-boomer disease, hepatitis C is growing rapidly among young drug addicts — who often don’t know they’re infected
An Old-Fashioned Horse Race to See Who Will Be Next Assembly Speaker
Colleen O'Dea | Elections 2017
Relative unknown Craig Coughlin says he already has the political backing to take the speakership from Vincent Prieto — two weeks before the primaries
PSEG Chief Wants Customers to Use Less Energy, Without Taking Financial Hit
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Izzo’s message: there are ‘billions’ to be made from energy efficiency, while industry and regulators squabble ‘over tens of millions’
10.5% Returns for NJ Public Pension System, Big Turnaround from Last Year
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Investment council maintains strategy, continues to cut back hedge funds, waits to see if Legislature will take up governor’s Lottery proposal
Newark Parents’ LIFO Challenge Back in Court on Appeal
John Mooney | Education
Summarily dismissed last month, the appeal turns on the plaintiffs’ allegation that judge didn’t give ‘adequate consideration to harm … being done’
Op-Ed: NJ Must Add Financial Safeguards to New Mental Health Funding Model
Robert L. Parker | Opinion
Without a ‘safety net’ for mental health providers, as many as 20,000 residents could lose access to life-sustaining services
Singh, ‘Only True Conservative,’ Wants to Fix NJ’s Lack of Affordability
WNYC News | Elections 2017
Atlantic City native believes American dream is in peril for next generation
On the Air: Joseph Rudy Rullo on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show
WNYC News | Elections 2017
Rullo gets the chance to take his platform to the radio audience, and explore some of the nuances of what he stands for as a Republican hopeful
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May 24, 2017

Trump Budget Especially Harmful to New Jersey, Advocates Warn
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Democrats outraged, Republicans lukewarm, Gov. Christie ‘concerned’ about proposal for massive cuts to Medicaid
How Democratic, Republican Candidates Say They'd Ease NJ’s Fiscal Crisis
John Reitmeyer | Budget, Elections 2017
School funding and tax phase-outs, pension benefits and closing loopholes — here’s a look at where this year’s gubernatorial hopefuls stake their claims
NJ Customers Can Expect to Pay More as Power Prices Spike in Capacity Auction
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
PSEG Power’s decision to retire two coal-burning plants contributes to steep increase, along with continuing problems of congestion on the grid
Prieto, Sweeney: Separate Takes on Expanding Family Leave
Colleen O'Dea | Politics, Social
Both favor boosting paid time off and increasing how much workers can collect while they’re not on the job — the differences are in the details
Op-Ed: The Opioid-Addiction Industrial Complex — America’s Dirty Secret
Scott Rudder | Opinion
The United States is in a crisis of its own making. We are by far the largest consumer of opioids on the planet

May 23, 2017

Garden State Children Continue to Show Social Welfare Gains
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
But advocates argue repeal of Obamacare will damage kids, especially poor black and Hispanic ones, who still lag behind white children
Developer Secures Key Financing for Long-Stalled American Dream Mall
John Reitmeyer | Planning
Is this a major turning point or another false start? Megamall’s builder is confident, says going to ‘aggressively move forward with the construction’
Lawmakers Hope to Steer State Back into Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
As is becoming increasingly common with environmental efforts, backers are looking beyond Christie administration for success
Op-Ed: Asbestos and Lead — Two Deadly Threats that Must Both Be Eliminated
Bonnie Anderson and Debra Coyle McFadden | Opinion
The idea that we can ignore one hazardous chemical because we are focused on eliminating another is dangerously short-sighted
Christie Touts Job Gains, ID’s Democrats as Potential Problems
NJTV News Online | Politics
Governor uses press conference to warn about ‘failed old policies,’ talks Guadagno and State House renovation, more
Verizon Settles in South Jersey, Promising Clearer Lines, Speedier Internet | Energy & Environment
Telecom giant agrees to give customers in South Jersey what they’ve been asking for: better service over copper landlines and Fios upgrades where possible
Prieto’s Run for Third Term as Assembly Speaker Might Not Go Unchallenged
NJTV News Online | Politics, Elections 2017
At least one other Assembly member is considered a possible rival for the incumbent

May 22, 2017

2018 Budget Plan Puts Cleaning Up Brownfields Above Easing Climate Change
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Budget proposal shifts $6 million from Global Warming Solutions Fund to general budget to help restore contaminated sites
New Jersey Crafts Sexual Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare, Social
Bill would codify existing laws, ensure assault victims are treated with respect, dignity, and empathy
The List: Top 10 States Contributing to NJ’s Gubernatorial Hopefuls
Colleen O'Dea | The List, Elections 2017
New Jersey led the list, as expected, but money rolled in from nearby New York and Pennsylvania, as well as Florida and California
NJ Gubernatorial Hopefuls Agree: $300M State House Renovation Must Be Stopped
John Reitmeyer | Politics, Elections 2017
Whether it’s by lawsuit or freezing funds, outright cancelation, or some other maneuver, Democrats and Republicans alike want to stop the clock on the costly project
Op-Ed: New Jersey Immigrants Lack Adequate Legal Representation
Alexandra M. Goncalves-Pena | Opinion
The promulgation of executive orders specifically targeting immigrants has left thousands of residents in New Jersey vulnerable to arrest, detention, and deportation

May 19, 2017

In Second GOP Debate, Guadagno and Ciattarelli Trade Shots About Taxes
Colleen O'Dea | Elections 2017
Despite accusations of lying and hypocrisy, candidates do agree on some topics — such as such as relaxing the state's gun control laws and decriminalizing marijuana
Aetna Wants Out of NJ’s Individual, Small-Group Health Insurance Markets
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Uncertainty about future, as federal officials repeal and replace Obamacare, contributes to the decision
Ten NJ Locals of Mass-Transit Union Deliver Endorsement to Murphy
John Reitmeyer | Elections 2017
Amalgamated Transit Union’s 8,000 rank and file comprise NJ Transit bus drivers, Newark light-rail operators
Interactive Map: Obamacare Part of People’s Lives Across All ZIP Codes
Colleen O'Dea | Maps, Map of the Week
The federal government recently released detailed data on the 2017 open enrollment period, making it possible to map highest concentrations of ACA coverage across the state
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