CAMDEN – Gov. Chris Christie’s shift of tens of thousands of blind and disabled residents to a managed care prescription drug program has caught the attention of the chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee.
Assemblyman Vincent Prieto, (D-32), Secaucus said following Tuesday’s budget hearing in Camden that his committee will continue to closely monitor the shift of about 40,000 residents to a managed care prescription drug program.
“In a move two years ago, the Christie administration attempted to achieve cost savings by shifting tens of thousands of our most vulnerable patients to a managed care prescription drug system that has left many scrambling to find pharmacies in their neighborhood or grappling with denial of coverage for much-needed medicines,” Prieto said in a statement issued following the hearing.
“For the elderly and individuals with limited physical means, this is particularly troublesome,” he said.
“As we move forward with this budget process, I am particularly interested to find out if this program has produced any of the cost savings the administration has projected or has it merely served as a major burden for those who can least afford it?”
The statement comes following an on-the-road budget hearing in Camden to address the state’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget.