Monthly News & Updates

August 2022 | Issue 4

NJ Citizen Action's 40th Anniversary

In our continued celebration of NJCA's 40th anniversary, take a look back with us to important moments in our early history.

With the recent passage of important health care reforms in the Inflation Reduction Act, these photos are just a few of our efforts throughout the 1990s fighting for universal health care. We believe health care is a human right, not a privilege.

Because of the ACA, we have made great progress, but disparities still exist and people of color are more likely to be uninsured. That’s why we work to improve access to quality, affordable, and equitable health care at the State and Federal levels.

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Snapshots From History

NJCA In Action

Congress Passes the Inflation Reduction Act

History has been made! The Inflation Reduction Act passed the Senate on August 7th, passed the House on the 12th, and was signed by the President on the 15th. With measures empowering Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices, making tax-dodging corporations pay what they owe, and investing in initiatives to combat the global crisis - this law is a huge win for the American people. 

Millions of families will continue to afford their healthcare coverage so they can go to the doctor and get the care they need because the ACA subsidies increased under the American Rescue Plan will be extended for 3 years. It will also lower the costs of Rx drugs so people don't have to ration their life-saving medicines or delay filling their prescriptions. Finally, it makes huge investments in clean energy to curb the worsening effects of climate change for future generations.

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Congressman Frank Pallone touts the Inflation Reduction Act with NJCA and other health care advocates

"Laura Waddell, health care program director at NJCA, said, 'with the current levels of the cost of living and income inequality, the healthcare reforms in the Inflation Reduction Act will bring much-needed savings to New Jerseyans.'

The Inflation Reduction Act includes a number of key provisions that were originally authored and introduced by Pallone, who is the chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and other health leaders in the House before being passed in the House of Representatives last November."

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NJ organizations call for better transparency in the state's pandemic surplus spending

"For organizations and policy advocates raising concerns about transparency, how New Jersey allocates more than $1 billion in remaining federal pandemic aid has become as big an issue as where that funding ultimately goes...

'Despite ongoing requests to address the harm of the pandemic itself, and the economic and social aftermath, the transparency with which these final decisions are made has been abysmal,' said Sheila Reynertson, senior policy analyst at NJ Policy Perspective. 'The public, in fact, has not been granted a meaningful process by which to weigh in on the way the remaining dollars are spent'...

'[We] urge [NJ] to take the next steps in the decision-making process in a transparent way by providing interactive public hearings where members of the public can engage with the committee before final decisions are made,' said Maura Collinsgru, [NJCA Director of Policy and Advocacy.]"

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Our Community

NJCA hosts Community Resource Fair at new Elizabeth office

From 1 to 5 pm on Saturday, August 13th, members of the public stopped by the NJCA Elizabeth office at 171 Elmora Ave to learn about free services and resources, with free food, school supplies, raffles, face paint, and more!

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ACA Ambassadors complete NJCA inaugural program

This year we launched our first ACA Ambassador program. For 7 months, 20 community ambassadors increased healthcare education, outreach and enrollment in communities across the state to better reach uninsured residents.

Congratulations to all our ambassadors for completing the program and making a real difference! Thanks to them, historically uninsured and underserved communities and individuals were connected to important resources and information on affordable health coverage. Our thanks as well to Governor Phil Murphy for acknowledging their hard work. We can’t wait to see what they do next!

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NJCA In The Wild: The Willingboro Jazz Festival

NJCA staff hit the tables on Sunday, August 14th to talk to people at the 39th annual Willingboro Jazz Festival about free empowerment services, registering to vote, and more! We may just pop up in your town next.

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Upcoming Event: Free First-Time Homebuyer Seminar

When: Wednesday, August 24, at 6 pm 

Where: 3rdSpace, 142 Lafayette Street, Newark, NJ

Join us to learn about the homebuying process, the differences between owning vs. renting, housing affordability, your homebuying team, understanding the difference between pre-qualifications and pre-approvals, fair housing protections for homebuyers, free HUD-certified housing counseling, and exploring affordable mortgage programs and downpayment assistance available to you!

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