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Greenwald & Lampitt Announce District Office Furlough Dates

Legislative Office Will Operate With Limited Staff Resources

(VOORHEES)—Assemblyman Louis Greenwald and Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (both D-Camden) announced today that their legislative office staff will be furloughed one day each in May and June. The furloughs, which are mandatory for many state departments, are voluntary for state legislative offices.

“These tough economic times require tough choices from state government,” said Greenwald. “As part of the effort to save $35 million in state employee costs, Assemblywoman Lampitt, our legislative staff, and I will take pay cuts by participating in furloughs.”

In an effort to continue service, Greenwald and Lampitt’s legislative office will implement furloughs on a staggered basis on the following dates: May 27-28 and June 9-10, 2009. Constituents seeking assistance should be aware that though the legislative office will make every attempt to avoid a disruption in service, the office will have very limited staff resources on these dates.

“As with any other day, our staff will make their best effort to help any constituent who contacts our office,” said Lampitt. “Because our office will operate with limited personnel on these furlough days, residents should be aware that it may take our office longer than usual to assist them.”

Greenwald and Lampitt’s legislative office is located at 1103 Laurel Oak Road, Suite 142, in Voorhees, and can be contacted via phone at 856-435-1247.

Employers on Life Support Without Health Reform

NJ Biz Political Exchange
By Louis D. Greenwald and Joseph M. Kyrillos
May 18, 2009

How can the state increase small-business access to health care?

DEMOCRAT

Our system allows insurers to focus on the most profitable markets to the detriment of small businesses, so we must apply the same reforms that transformed New Jersey’s auto insurance market.

We allow insurers to charge premiums based on risk, allowing healthier individuals to buy cheaper coverage. By bringing more people in, we reduce the cost for everyone. We require insurers to provide groups and individuals flexibility to buy just the right amount of medical coverage. We mandate carriers that provide small-business plans also provide individual plans, so sole proprietors don’t choose between paying a fortune or going without.

By insuring more, focusing on preventative measures and providing early — rather than emergency — care, we can save millions. Some reforms were included in legislation I sponsored that became law in July 2008, but more work remains. Similar changes brought our auto insurance industry back from the brink of collapse. It’s time we do the same to our health insurance industry.

Louis D. Greenwald (D-Voorhees)
Assemblyman

REPUBLICAN

The average health premium has soared to more than $7,000 per employee. That’s a crippling expense for a new business struggling to survive. The state can help by allowing small businesses to purchase basic plans not burdened by state mandates.

Hearing Reassures New Jerseyans of States Efforts to Prevent Spread of H1N1 Flu

(TRENTON) – Assemblyman Health and Senior Services Committee Chairman Herb Conaway, MD (D-Burlington) released the following statement following the first special hearing today held jointly by the Assembly Health and Senior Services and Homeland Security and State Preparedness committees on the H1N1 flu and what it means for New Jerseyans:

“In light of today’s closing of a school in Hainesport Township due to two children with flu-like symptoms - raising concern over the possibility of H1N1-Swine Flu infection - this hearing could not have happened at a better time.

“The hearing reassured the public that they are receiving the most up-to-date information and New Jerseyans should feel confident that public places across the state including hospitals, schools and airports are implementing precautionary measures to better protect the safety of all residents.

“Governor Corzine and Health Commissioner Heather Howard should be commended for their quick response and vigilant efforts to ensure that all levels of government are working together to reduce the spread of this respiratory illness.

“The plans shared at today’s hearing detailing the measures being used to stop the spread of this flu should further strengthen the confidence of all New Jerseyans in the state’s swift response in continuing to protect their health, safety and welfare.

N.J. Department of Health and Senior Services Statement on H1N1 Influenza Cases

TRENTON - Governor Jon S. Corzine today announced that samples sent to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday indicate that five New Jersey residents have confirmed cases of H1N1 Influenza. All five individuals were listed as probable cases as a result of testing conducted at the New Jersey Public Health and Environmental Laboratories in Trenton.

“We have been on top of this from the start and will continue to be vigilant as long as the threat to public safety exists,” Governor Corzine said. “There is no need for alarm but we must all be aware of the situation. I want to assure the people of New Jersey that we are doing everything in our power to contain the spread of this flu virus.”

All five individuals had a mild case of H1N1 Influenza. None were hospitalized and all are recovering at home. The individuals with confirmed cases of H1N1 Influenza are:

A 43-year old Monmouth County female
A 22-year old Bergen County female
A 14-year old Burlington County male
A 10-year old Burlington County female
A 47-year old Burlington County male

The three Burlington County cases were members of the same family. The two Burlington County children did not attend school before becoming sick and have not returned to school.

Four of the five individuals recently travelled to Mexico. The fifth travelled to California.

Beach, Greenwald & Lampitt Promote Event to Prevent Identity Theft

Urge Residents to Attend Camden County’s ‘Spring Shredding’ for Personal Documents

(VOORHEES)—Senator James Beach, Assemblyman Louis Greenwald and Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (all D-Camden) today urged residents of the 6th Legislative District to attend a ‘Spring Shredding’ event hosted by Camden County to prevent identity theft.

“With identity theft still a serious threat to residents, it’s important for families and seniors to destroy documents that contain sensitive information, like bank account numbers, Social Security numbers, and other identifying documents,” said Beach.

Sponsored by Camden County, the ‘Spring Shredding’ is scheduled for May 2nd. During the three-hour event, residents will have the opportunity to destroy their documents containing sensitive personal information that might be used by criminals engaging in identity theft. The event will feature industrial size shredder trucks on site.

“In these troubled economic times, identity theft can be a crushing blow to individuals and families,” said Greenwald. “Shredding private personal information can go a long way in foiling potential identity thieves.”

“It can take years for victims of identity theft to regain control of their financial lives,” said Lampitt. “In just a few minutes at ‘Spring Shredding,’ residents can avoid prolonged financial turmoil by destroying sensitive information before it falls into the hands of criminals.”