ASSEMBLY APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE
ASSEMBLY, No. 3273
STATE OF NEW JERSEY
DATED: †NOVEMBER 8, 2010
††††† The Assembly Appropriations Committee reports favorably Assembly Bill No. 3273.
††††† Assembly Bill No. 3273 seeks to expand the availability of family planning services under the Medicaid program in State FY2011.† The bill requires the State to submit the necessary application to the federal government so that the Stateís Medicaid program can offer family planning services to individuals with incomes of up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level rather than meeting the income cap of up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level under the current State plan.† If within 60 days of the billís date of enactment the State fails to apply for a permission to expand coverage, the bill eliminates the unexpended State FY2011 Direct State Services appropriation for the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services in the Department of Human Services.
††††† Family planning services include information and counseling on reproductive choices and birth control methods; comprehensive physicals and health screenings; pelvic and breast exams; pregnancy testing; the diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases; AIDS testing and counseling; prenatal substance abuse programs; colposcopy, cryotherapy, and loop electrosurgical excision procedures; and adolescent risk reduction counseling.
††††† The enactment of this bill will have no fiscal impact in FY2011 unless the Department of Human Services fails to submit a State Plan Amendment in a timely manner.† According to the Department of Human Services, if and when the plan amendment is approved and the program is implemented, the annual cost of the program will be $16.2 million, with the Federal government providing $15.1 million and the State providing $1.1 million.