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Health care pledges among Murphy budget proposals

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Governor Phil Murphy delivering his Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Address in the Trenton.
Governor Phil Murphy delivering his Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Address in the Trenton. - ()

Several health care pronouncements figured prominently in Gov. Phil Murphy's budget address to the state legislature.

Murphy called for passage of Assembly Bill 2039, which would require hospitals to disclose out-of-network charges prior to patient surgery.

He also pledged to ensure:

  • charity care will remain at last year's level of $252 million in state and matching federal funding,
  • graduate medical education will remain at last year's level of $218 million in state and matching federal funding, distributed to the state's 42 teaching hospitals,
  • the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment fund will remain at last year's level of $166.6 million, and
  • the Mental Health Subsidy Fund will be held at the same level as last year at $24.7 million.

Murphy also stated his continuing support of the Affordable Care Act and promised to sign a bill, A-1827, that would allow public and part-time workers to accrue paid sick leave days. That bill is currently being debated in the state Congress.

The governor also pledged an additional $100 million in a coordinated effort to combat the opioid epidemic, $8.5 million in autism spectrum disorder services, $2 million for gun violence research and $19.8 million for developmental disability services.

“We appreciate Gov. Murphy's focus on good health by continuing critical funding for key health care initiatives,” said Cathy Bennett, president of the New Jersey Association of Hospitals, said in a statement.

Bennett underscored the need for boosted funding of charity care, medical schools, nursing homes and other health-care areas.

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Vince Calio

Vince Calio


Vince Calio covers health care and manufacturing for NJBIZ. You can contact him at vcalio@njbiz.com.

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