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NJ to Fund Better Electronic Health Records for Addiction Services
Lilo H. Stainton | April 23, 2019 | Healthcare
New technology, a priority across Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration, is seen as way to improve and integrate services for tens of thousands of New Jerseyans
Searing Impact of Incarceration on Women and their Families
Lilo H. Stainton | April 19, 2019 | Social
Conference suggests that most re-entry services are geared toward men, leaving women to navigate the post-prison landscape largely on their own
How New Jersey Can Build a ‘Culture of Health’ and Fill in Notable Gaps in Care
Lilo H. Stainton | April 18, 2019 | Healthcare
New report presents a roadmap to help policymakers create more effective and equitable healthcare programs in Garden State
State Launches Review of Human Services Payment Reform
Lilo H. Stainton | April 17, 2019 | Healthcare
New Jersey has improved the way it reimburses community-based organizations that help people with behavioral-health and other issues. Advocates say there is still huge unmet need for services
Lawmakers Want to Boost Health Insurance Coverage Among NJ Kids
Lilo H. Stainton | April 15, 2019 | Healthcare
Enrollments of children in FamilyCare declined last year and new report shows big disparities in insurance coverage based on race, wealth, geography and immigration status
Murphy Signs Law Ensuring Parity for Mental Health Insurance Coverage
Lilo H. Stainton | April 12, 2019 | Healthcare
Federal law already requires equal insurance coverage for mental and physical healthcare, but advocates say that promise falls short at times
NYC’s New Policy on Measles Vaccine Prompts Renewed Focus in NJ
Lilo H. Stainton | April 11, 2019 | Healthcare
There have been far fewer cases of the highly contagious respiratory disease in Garden State; health officials here continue to promote vaccinations
State Budget Funding for Hospitals to Hold Steady but Individual Impacts Vary
Lilo H. Stainton | April 10, 2019 | Healthcare
While the overall allocation remains the same, some facilities are set to receive more than this year and some less
Murphy’s Budget Would Impose New Tax on Opioid Manufacturers
Lilo H. Stainton | April 8, 2019 | Healthcare
New Jersey is among a growing number of states looking to makers and distributors of highly addictive medicines for extra revenue to help fight opioid epidemic
Lawmakers Build on Murphy Initiatives to Improve Maternal Health
Lilo H. Stainton | April 4, 2019 | Healthcare
State officials say new focus, extra resources for maternal and infant healthcare paying off; legislators propose more
Access to Treatment of Opioid Addiction Eased for Those on Medicaid
Lilo H. Stainton | April 2, 2019 | Healthcare
The state is removing a barrier to medication-assisted treatment that should give Medicaid patients greater access
Republicans Push Governor for Late Changes to Aid-in-Dying Bill
Lilo H. Stainton | March 29, 2019 | Healthcare
Murphy has already said he will sign the legislation, but some GOP lawmakers say the measure goes too far
State Seeks to Fix Critical Issues that Have Hindered Integrated Care
Lilo H. Stainton | March 28, 2019 | Healthcare
Eventually could lead to ‘major shift’ in delivery of healthcare, with behavioral and physical medical care addressed by interconnected team
Does New Jersey Need to Augment End-of-Life Care?
Lilo H. Stainton | March 26, 2019 | Healthcare, Roundtables
Experts at NJ Spotlight roundtable answer in the affirmative, note benefits of aid-in-dying laws
Murphy Announces State to Take Control of Obamacare Exchange
Lilo H. Stainton | March 25, 2019 | Healthcare
Governor says move would allow more New Jerseyans get access to better, affordable ACA health insurance
Impact of Housing Struggles A Big Factor in County Health Rankings
Lilo H. Stainton | March 22, 2019 | Healthcare
Many Garden State households spend so much on housing that there isn’t enough money for good food and medicine
SCI Probe Raises Questions About State Oversight of Hospitals
Lilo H. Stainton | March 20, 2019 | Healthcare
NJ’s watchdog agency finds complex web of corporate and financial ties in entities connected to three for-profit hospitals in Hudson County
Pallone Promotes Generic Drugs to Curb Rising Cost of Prescription Meds
Lilo H. Stainton | March 19, 2019 | Healthcare
Proposals are aimed at easing development of generic medications, reducing protection of brand-name patents, and improving transparency of drug development process
Compromise Plan to Boost Oversight of Public-Worker Health Benefits
Lilo H. Stainton | March 18, 2019 | Healthcare
Appointment of independent monitor would allow for ongoing, regular auditing of billions that state pays annually for claims — Sen. Sarlo
Considering Safe-Injection Sites to Blunt Impact of Opioid Epidemic
Lilo H. Stainton | March 15, 2019 | Healthcare
Opposition expected, but proponents see an effective antidote to the ‘staggering’ toll taken by illegal use of narcotics
Mental Health Education Starting in Kindergarten?
Lilo H. Stainton | March 14, 2019 | Healthcare
State lawmakers to vote today on measures that would require school curriculum to include age-appropriate lessons on mental health
Lawmakers Seek to Improve Care of Developmentally Disabled
Lilo H. Stainton | March 12, 2019 | Healthcare
Assembly committee approves ‘bill of rights’ for family members and a study of how caregivers and emergency personnel respond during a crisis
Stable State Funding, But New Requirements for NJ Hospitals
Lilo H. Stainton | March 11, 2019 | Healthcare
While their stream of state money will remain steady, hospitals will have to instigate policy reforms focused on improving patient care
Murphy’s Budget Plan Gives Massive Boost to Community-Based Services
Lilo H. Stainton | March 8, 2019 | Healthcare
Advocates praise governor’s proposal to increase ‘long overdue’ funding to improve services for people with disabilities
NJ Joins Multistate Lawsuit to Block Changes to Federal Title X Rule
Lilo H. Stainton | March 7, 2019 | Healthcare
Nearly 100,000 low-income women in Garden State rely on family healthcare providers, many of which can’t survive without Title X funding
Health Benefit Savings Play Big Role in Murphy’s Proposal
Lilo H. Stainton | March 6, 2019 | Budget, Healthcare
Governor says 2020 budget projects $1.1 billion in savings, largely from spending on employee healthcare
NJ Congress Members Translate Pledges for ACA Protection into Plans
Lilo H. Stainton | March 5, 2019 | Healthcare
Among action items, bills that would safeguard consumers against ‘junk’ insurance plans, dedicate $10 billion for state reinsurance programs
Flu Threat Continues in New Jersey, Along with Calls to Vaccinate
Lilo H. Stainton | March 4, 2019 | Healthcare
With some time to go before flu season ends, health officials say it’s not too late to get the vaccine
GOP Lawmakers Seek Ban on E-Cigarette Possession by Minors
Lilo H. Stainton | February 27, 2019 | Healthcare
A bid to quell an ‘alarming’ growth in the use of e-cigarettes and other vaping devices by New Jersey kids
Lawmakers Seek to Cut ‘Excess’ Pharmacy Charges
Lilo H. Stainton | February 26, 2019 | Healthcare
Senate passes bill that would prevent insurers from levying copayments higher than the cash price of a medication
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