Senator JOSEPH F. VITALE
District 19 (Middlesex)
Senator FRED H. MADDEN, JR.
District 4 (Camden and Gloucester)
Appropriates $1,000,000 for outreach and enrollment activities in Medicaid and NJ FamilyCare programs.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
A Supplement to "An Act making appropriations for the support of the State Government and the several public purposes for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011 and regulating the disbursement thereof, " approved June 29, 2010 (P.L.2010, c.35).
Be It Enacted by the Senate and the General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. The following language is added on page 116 of P.L.2010, c.35:
054 DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES
24 Special Health Services
7540 Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services
Of the amount hereinabove appropriated for NJ FamilyCare – Affordable and Accessible Health Coverage Benefits, $1,000,000 shall be allocated for an enhanced outreach and enrollment initiative for the Medicaid, NJ FamilyCare, and NJ FamilyCare Advantage programs authorized pursuant to section 26 of P.L.2008, c.38 (C.30:4J-18).
2. This act shall take effect immediately.
This supplemental appropriation allocates $1 million of the appropriation for the NJ FamilyCare – Affordable and Accessible Health Coverage Benefits (NJ FamilyCare) for an enhanced outreach and enrollment initiative intended to increase the number of children covered by the Medicaid, NJ FamilyCare and NJ FamilyCare Advantage programs.
The State was recently awarded $8.8 million by the federal government as a performance bonus for increasing the number of children enrolled in the Medicaid program last year. As reflected in the State’s performance bonus, the number of children enrolled in these programs has increased over the last year; however, data indicate that a significant number of children continue to be uninsured even though their family income is within the income eligibility guidelines for the three programs.
By employing additional resources for outreach and enrollment, the State should be able to further increase program enrollment and provide additional low-income children in the State with vital health care coverage.
Available NJ FamilyCare expenditure data indicate that $1 million can be reallocated for outreach activities without affecting program expenditures on health care services.