The concurrent resolution SCR165 that urges the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to reject provisions in New Jersey’s proposed Medicaid Comprehensive Waiver application that reduce income eligibility limits for parents in NJ FamilyCare and reduce Medicaid provider reimbursements was passed by the Senate Budget Committee today 8-4 along party lines.
Chair Sen. Paul Sarlo said health care for 93,000 people is at stake if the waiver application goes through.
According to the bill: “The New Jersey Departments of Human Services and Health and Senior Services intend to seek a Section 1115 Medicaid waiver from CMS to enable the State to make significant changes in the Medicaid and NJ FamilyCare programs. The proposed waiver, as described in the departments’ May 2011 concept paper, contains several unconscionable and short-sighted changes to the programs that will have an adverse effect on access to health care for the State’s low-income families and on the health care delivery system in this State. The most significant and troubling proposal is a freeze on enrollment for all adult parents whose income exceeds the State’s Aid to Families with Dependent Children eligibility limit, which limit is less than 30% of the federal poverty level. A family of three would only qualify for NJ FamilyCare if their annual income did not exceed $5,316. It is estimated that in FY2012, a staggering 93,000 low-income parents will be denied health care coverage if this eligibility change is implemented.”