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Legislators Discuss Transferring Control of State Veterans Homes from DMAVA

Published: Nov 22, 2022
November 22, 2022 Last week, the individual who served as an anonymous whistleblower during the pandemic, drawing attention to the COVID-19 conditions at the New Jersey Memorial Veterans Home at Paramus, came forward and stated tha...

NJ Extends ANCHOR Property Tax Relief Application Deadline Extended to Jan. 31st

Published: Nov 21, 2022
November 21, 2022 New Jersey has extended the application deadline for the new Affordable New Jersey Communities for Homeowners and Renters (ANCHOR) property tax relief program until January 31, 2023. The original application deadline was one month earlier, December 31, 2022. The exte...

Great American Smokeout Day, November 17th

Published: Nov 17, 2022
November 17, 2022 The American Cancer Society's (ACS') Great American Smokeout Day is November 17, 2022. Smoking and tobacco use take a great toll on individuals with serious mental illness and substance use disorders. The Great American Smokeout provides an opportunity to raise awa...

Schools Allow for Mental Health Days; Parents Should Follow Helpful Tips

Published: Nov 16, 2022
November 16, 2022 Schools offering mental health days for students have become increasingly common over the past few years. As reported on washingtonpost.com, since 2018, more than 12 states have passed or proposed bills that would allow school districts to treat days missed for me...

New Jersey and National Election Results

Published: Nov 10, 2022
November 10, 2022 As of this writing, 11 of New Jersey's 12 Congressional races have been called, with eight remaining in Democratic incumbent hands (Josh Gottheimer, Andy Kim, Donald Norcross, Frank Pallone, Bill Pascrell, Donald Payne, Jr., Mikie Sherrill, and Bonnie Watson Coleman)...

Report Finds NJ Spent $1B in Preventable Injection-Related Infection Healthcare Costs in 2019

Published: Nov 8, 2022
November 8, 2022 A report from the New Jersey Harm Reduction Coalition released last week has found that hospital charges for injection drug use-related infections totaled more than $1.0 billion dollars in New Jersey in 2019. This cost stems from more than 7,130 New Jersey residents w...

Vaccines for Mothers-to-Be Show Future Promise amid Ongoing RSV Spike

Published: Nov 7, 2022
November 7, 2022 Cases of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), a respiratory infection, have continued to rise in New Jersey and across the country, particularly in children. As reported on nj.com, cases are up as much as 35% this fall in New Jersey. RSV has become the primary infectio...

Medical Debts Prevalent in New Jersey, Even among the Insured

Published: Nov 3, 2022
November 3, 2022 A report recently released by New Jersey Citizen Action (NJCA), in partnership with Healthcare Valve Hub at Altarum, found that 38% of New Jersey residents have overdue medical bills. Nearly three in 10 respondents reported owing $5,000 or more in medical debt, and ju...

Healthcare.gov Coverage Options Available for Preview ahead of Open Enrollment Period

Published: Nov 1, 2022
November 1, 2022 Open enrollment for health coverage through the HealthCare.gov marketplace begins on November 1, 2022. Ahead of the open enrollment period, as of October 26, 2022, consumers can preview their healthcare coverage options and see the savings available to them to help pl...

RSV Latest in Wave of Respiratory Infections Affecting Children

Published: Nov 1, 2022
November 1, 2022 Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) has become the dominant infection among children with respiratory viruses, for which a spike has been observed having begun in the spring of 2022. As reported in the September 31, 2022 edition of The Star-Ledger, the spike began with ...

Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Waiver Ends October 31st

Published: Oct 27, 2022
October 27, 2022 In October of 2021, the U.S. Department of Education announced a temporary expansion of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, expanding eligibility to many who previously didn't qualify under strict income-driven repayment plan requirements. Since then, ...

EMS Legislation Signed into Law to Allow for Faster Response Times

Published: Oct 25, 2022
October 25, 2022 On Friday, October 21, 2022, Governor Phil Murphy signed into law A4107, which makes various changes concerning regulation of emergency medical services (EMS); and establishes a mobile integrated health program, and new State Emergency Medical Services Director in the...

The U.S. Surgeon General Publishes Framework for Workplace Mental Health & Wellbeing

Published: Oct 24, 2022
October 24, 2022 On October 20, 2022, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy released The U.S. Surgeon General's Framework for Workplace Mental Health & Well-Being, which offers a foundation that workplaces can build upon to show workers that they matter, that their work matters...

NJ DHS Announces Budget Listening Session, Nov. 3, 2022

Published: Oct 20, 2022
October 20, 2022 Session at 1:00 p.m. on November 3rd to hear from advocates on budget priorities for fiscal year (FY) 2024 (July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024). This is an opportunity to shape DHS' own input for the budget that Governor Phil Murphy will propose next March for FY20...

Study Finds Racial Gaps in Mental Health Care Developing in NJ Schools

Published: Oct 18, 2022
October 18, 2022 A report from New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP) has found that while access to mental health staff for White and Asian Students has increased since 2008, it has actually decreased for Black and Hispanic students in New Jersey over the same time. The report looked...
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