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Nine-Bill Package Aims to Address Healthcare Workforce Crisis in NJ

Published: Dec 29, 2022
December 29, 2022 New Jersey has been contending with a healthcare workforce crisis, just as many other states across the nation. This crisis has prompted headlines such as "If You Get Sick in NJ, Are There Enough Health Care Worke...

NJAMHAA Executive and Members among Appointees to Opioid Recovery and Remediation Advisory Council

Published: Dec 28, 2022
December 28, 2022 On December 22, 2022, Governor Phil Murphy announced the appointments of 10 public members to the Opioid Recovery and Remediation Advisory Council. Established under Executive Order No. 305, the council will "provide recommendations for uses of the funds that the St...

House to Vote on Omnibus Spending Bill

Published: Dec 27, 2022
December 27, 2022 On December 22nd, the U.S. Senate passed an amended version of the $1.65 trillion omnibus government spending package by a vote of 68 in favor and 29 against. This bill would fund the federal government through the end of the current fiscal year, as well as through F...

Federal FY2023 Omnibus Budget Bill Includes Behavioral Health Increases and Positive Policy Changes

Published: Dec 23, 2022
December 23, 2022 The U.S. Senate will vote tomorrow on a $1.7 trillion package that would fund the federal government through September 30, 2023. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 (H.R. 2617, which is more than 4,000 pages) is known more simply as the Omnibus Budget Bill (Omn...

Biden-Harris Administration Releases a Strategic Plan to Reduce Homelessness 25% by 2025

Published: Dec 20, 2022
December 20, 2022 The Biden-Harris Administration released All In: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, which aims to reduce homelessness in the U.S. 25% by 2025. A fact sheet released by the White House states that the new plan outlines new strategies to preve...

Biden Administration Announces COVID-19 Winter Preparedness Plan, More Free Tests

Published: Dec 19, 2022
December 19, 2022 On December 15th, the Biden Administration released a fact sheet on its COVID-19 Winter Preparedness Plan, focusing efforts on making vaccinations, testing, and treatments even more widely available and accessible as COVID-19 cases increase. As stated in the relea...

Lawmakers Reach Initial Framework Agreement for FY23 Spending Bill

Published: Dec 15, 2022
December 15, 2022 It was announced this week by lawmakers in each federal house and belonging to both parties that a bipartisan framework for a full-year, a Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) omnibus spending bill, has been reached. In September, Congress passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) that...

New Polling Shows New Jerseyans Support Expanding Medicare to All U.S. Residents

Published: Dec 13, 2022
December 13, 2022 A new poll released by Rutgers Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling has found that a majority of New Jerseyans support expanding Medicare to all U.S. residents. Generally, Medicare is only available for those 65 and older ad individuals with disabilities, End-...

Federal Government to Soon Stop Footing Bill for COVID-19 Treatment Pills, Vaccines

Published: Dec 12, 2022
December 12, 2022 Pfizer's COVID-19 treatment pill, Paxlovid, was approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in December 2021 and since then, nearly 6 million Americans have received the treatment for free, using stores of the medication purchased and distributed ...

GA Democratic Candidate Sen. Warnock’s Win Cements Democrats’ Majority in the Senate

Published: Dec 8, 2022
December 8, 2022 On December 6, 2022, Georgia held a runoff election for one of the state's Senate seats, featuring candidates Senator Raphael Warnock (D) and Herschel Walker (R), after no candidate in the initial Senate election held on November 8, 2022 received more than 50% of the ...

Nurses’ Union Approves New Contract for Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center RNs

Published: Dec 6, 2022
December 6, 2022 The New Jersey Nurses Union (NJNU-CWA 1091) has announced approval of a new contract for 2023 for the approximately 1,400 registered nurses (RNs) at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health-owned hospital. This agreement, which includes wage increases ...

Federal Health Officials Feel Optimistic about COVID-19 this Holiday Season

Published: Nov 29, 2022
November 28, 2022 This time last year was the beginning of the largest surge of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., due to the Omicron variant. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that last year, for the week ending on November 24, 2021, the U.S. reported more than 6...
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