Stender, Weinberg say health care funds must be restored

Sen. Loretta Weinberg, (D-37), Teaneck said the Legislature was able to pass with a veto-proof majority a measure to restore $7.5 million for women’s and family health care centers that had been cut.

But, she told a health care roundtable Wednesday, after the governor vetoed the measure, they were unable to get enough of those same lawmakers to vote to override.

“We couldn’t get those same people,’’ she said.

That reduced funding has led to six of 58 family care centers having to close their doors in the past year, she said.

Assemblywoman Linda Stender as well as Weinberg said the administration has said in the past that needed services are available already at other health care centers, and that the money that was cut was duplicative, and they both said it is not.

“It is not just about contraception,” Stender said. “It is about access … it is about saving our tax dollars.” 

http://www.politickernj.com/47611/programs-help-hiv-patients-risk-due-reduced-funding-expert-says Stender, Weinberg say health care funds must be restored