Jasey, McKeon, Vainieri Huttle, Mukherji & Lampitt Bill to Provide Medicaid Coverage for Advance Care Planning Gains Final Legislative Approval, Heads to Gov’s Desk
Legislation Assembly Democrats Mila Jasey, John McKeon, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Raj Mukherji and Pam Lampitt sponsored to help low-income New Jersey residents access the information and resources needed to ensure they receive the end-of-life care they desire has received final legislative approval. It now heads to the governor's desk.
The bill (A-4233) would amend current law to provide Medicaid coverage for advance care planning. Under the legislation, such planning may include consultation with a health care practitioner regarding the preparation of advance health care directives, health care powers of attorney and medical orders for life-sustaining treatment.
Conaway, Eustace, Vainieri Huttle, Lagana & Pinkin Measure to Create Medicaid Smart Card Pilot Program & Address Fraud Advances in Senate
Measure Aims to Curb Abuse and Help Residents' Reduce Monthly Medicaid Costs
Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Herb Conaway M.D., Tim Eustace, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Joseph Lagana and Nancy Pinkin to increase efficiency in the state Medicaid program and reduce monthly costs for recipients was approved by a Senate panel on Monday.
The bill (A-1951) would establish the Medicaid Smart Card Pilot Program. The pilot program would be designed to reduce average monthly cost to Medicaid for recipients within the pilot program area by an amount that is relative to the costs of implementing the pilot program.
"Many residents rely on Medicaid services for healthcare," said Conaway (D-Burlington). "Developing a more efficient system for Medicaid would preserve the integrity of the program and make it more accessible to those who truly need it. This pilot program would help us discover if and how we may improve the system."
"Fraudulent behavior can be contributed to the rising costs of Medicaid in the state," said Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic). "The system the state uses to distribute and track Medicaid must protect the interests of the seniors and residents who depend on it."
"This is a common sense and fiscally responsible step," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "With this program, we can modernize the Medicaid system and improve services for clients. Both are positives."