State Sen. Joseph F. Vitale (D-Middlesex) wants the Christie administration to find $6.4 million in this year’s budget in order to restore funds to NJ FamilyCare, the state program that provides healthcare to low-income New Jerseyans. In 2010, the Christie administration reduced NJ FamilyCare eligibility from 200 percent of the poverty level to 133 percent, which cut 19,200 adult participants from the program. (The poverty level for a family of four is $22,350.)
The Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee on Monday approved a bill sponsored by Vitale to make a supplemental appropriation of $6.4 million to bring NJ FamilyCare eligibility back up 200 percent of the poverty level. But Vitale noted that Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a previous legislative effort to restore the NJ FamilyCare cuts.
If approved, the federal government would match the $6.4 with another $11.9 million.