Assembly Democrats vow to fight to restore cuts in women’s health care

Several Assembly Democrats today pledged to do what they can to restore cuts in women’s health-care funding.

Assembly members Linda Stender, (D-22), Scotch Plains; Herb Conaway, Jr., (D-7), Delran; Valerie Vainieri Huttle, (D-37), Englewood; and Connie Wagner, (D-38), Paramus, said they will work to pass legislation to reverse the Christie administration’s budget cuts.

They said they are supported by Assembly members Peter Barnes, Dan Benson, Elease Evans, Mila Jasey, John McKeon and Jason O’Donnell.

“This issue transcends all of us,”  Vainieri Huttle said in a release. “I wish I could say ‘what a difference a year makes’ and mean it in a positive way. Instead, when we look back over the last 12 months, we see scores of women’s health clinics closing, 19,000 families unable to enroll in FamilyCare and now the Governor is proposing to kick 93,000 people off Medicaid. With only those families earning less than $5,000 eligible for Medicaid under the Governor’s proposed budget, now more than ever we need to fight for women’s health funding.”

The lawmakers stated that prior to the governor’s funding cut last year, more than 131,000 patients were served by family planning centers in New Jersey. Since the governor’s cuts in funding, many clinics have scaled back their services and hours and six clinics throughout the state have closed, including the Bayonne Women’s Health Center, the Dover Health Center, FamCare in Millville, and two sites operated by the Burlington County Health Department in Browns Mills and Mount Holly. Assembly Democrats vow to fight to restore cuts in women’s health care