Press Releases

Coughlin, Greenwald & Riley Bill to Improve Quality of Health Care for Medicaid Recipients Now Law

For Release: August 22, 2011
Contact: Press Office, (609) 292-7065

(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Craig J. Coughlin, Louis D. Greenwald and Celeste Riley creating a three-year pilot program to improve health care outcomes, quality and access for Medicaid recipients at reduced costs has been signed into law.

The law (S-2443/A-3636) creates the Medicaid Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Demonstration Project. Under the program, nonprofit groups can apply to provide healthcare to Medicaid fee-for-service recipients residing in an area with more than 5,000 Medicaid recipients.

Providers that can deliver improved care, expand access to primary and behavioral health care services, and reduce unnecessary and inefficient costs associated with care rendered to Medicaid recipients would be entitled to gain sharing or cost savings payments from Medicaid.

“This program will provide improved health care at reduced costs for New Jersey’s most vulnerable patients, many of whom have limited access to coordinated and primary care services, and tend to delay care, underutilize preventive care, and seek care in hospital emergency departments for preventable problems,” said Coughlin (D-Middlesex).

“The ACO model is recognized as a mechanism that can be used to improve health care quality and health outcomes, while lowering the costs of medical care by providing incentives to coordinate care among providers throughout a region,” said Greenwald (D-Camden). “This is welcomed news for Medicaid patients and taxpayers.”

Cherry Hill Katz JCC Lobby To Host Beach, Greenwald and Lampitt "Mobile Office"

For Release: July 22, 2011
Contact: Senator Beach, (856) 429-1572
Assemblyman Greenwald & Assemblywoman Lampitt, (856) 435-1247

6th District Legislators Bring Convenient Constituent Services to Katz Jewish Community Center

(VOORHEES)—Senator James Beach, Assemblyman Louis Greenwald and Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (all D-Camden) announced today that members of their staff will be in the Lobby of the Katz Jewish Community Center (JCC), an agency of the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey, on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 from 8:00 A.M.-11:00 A.M. to help local residents navigate a variety of State issues and services. This “mobile office” event will provide a convenient opportunity for local residents to receive direct assistance with State issues that affect them and their families.

This outreach event will be staffed by experienced constituent service representatives who will assist residents with questions or concerns on a variety of State issues including, but not limited to unemployment, taxation, utility assistance, financial aid and veterans’ affairs. Informational materials covering a broad range of topics will also be available.

This expanded service is the twelfth in a series of events started in 2010 hosted by Beach, Greenwald and Lampitt designed to make State services more accessible to and convenient for 6th District residents. It follows successful “mobile office” hours hosted in Berlin Township, Haddon Township, Pine Hill, Oaklyn, Haddonfield, Collingswood, Winslow Township, Voorhees, and Cherry Hill.

Greenwald: Christie's Cuts to Legal Services Put Vulnerable Residents at a Greater Disadvantage

For Release: July 27, 2011

(TRENTON) – Assembly Budget Chairman Lou Greenwald (D-Camden) released the following statement Wednesday after hearing testimony on the impact of the governor’s cuts to Legal Services of New Jersey and other legal assistance programs for the poor.

The governor cut $10 million from Legal Services of New Jersey. The governor also eliminated funding for clinical legal programs for the poor at Rutgers School of Law in Camden and in Newark. Both programs lost $200,000 under the cuts:

“We heard from a gentleman from Camden today who said he’s heard people talk about needing to turn to prayer in response to the governor’s budget cuts and as they weighed the impact to legal services on their community. He in turn told them, ‘God doesn’t need the money. Legal services do.’”

“I too am a big believer in prayer, but also in taking appropriate action.”

“His story reminded me of the old joke about a man who seeks refuge on the roof of his house during a flood. He turns away a person in a canoe, a boat and then a helicopter, telling each that God is going to save them. At the pearly gates, he asks God why he didn’t save him, and God tells him he sent help for him three times and he refused.”

Greenwald: Testimony Shows Cuts to Children's Programs Put Futures at Risk

For Release: July 19, 2011
Contact: Press Office, (609) 292-7065

(TRENTON)- Assembly Democrats released the following statements Tuesday after hearing testimony on Gov. Chris Christie's cuts to programs that serve children:

Assembly Budget Chairman Lou Greenwald (D-Camden):

"The testimony we heard today makes very clear that these inexplicable cuts to programs crucial to the well-being of New Jersey's most vulnerable children are irresponsible both fiscally and morally. We're committed to working to resolve the crisis facing many of these caring organizations, and remain hopeful everyone will work cooperatively toward that goal."

Assembly Human Services Chairwoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen):

"For many blind children in our state and those suffering from developmental disabilities, the state services they receive have been a saving grace. In addition to the testimony we heard today, I've talked to many parents who have said that without these programs, their children might never reach their full potential. We cannot turn our backs on the needs of some of our most vulnerable children."

Assemblywoman Joan Quigley (D-Hudson/Bergen):

Greenwald Statement on Democratic Budget Proposal

GREENWALD STATEMENT ON DEMOCRATIC BUDGET PROPOSAL

For Release: June 29, 2011

(TRENTON) – Assembly Budget Chairman Lou Greenwald (D-Camden) made the following statement Wednesday on Democratic budget legislation (A-4200):

“Thank you, Madam Speaker.

“Thank you to my budget committee colleagues…Vice-Chairman Schaer, Assembly members Burzichelli, Coutinho, Johnson, Pou, Quigley and Watson Coleman, Minority Budget Officer O’Scanlon, Assembly members Bucco, Chiusano and Webber…

“OLS staff…David Rosen and his team…

“Partisan staff…Mary Messenger, Aaron Binder and Mishael Azam.

“And I want to thank the hundreds of people who came to our public hearings and met with us in our offices to make sure their voices were heard in this process.

“They are the voices of the 8.8 million people who couldn’t make it to these hearings and who represent the faces of New Jersey.

“It was their input and their stories that helped us take steps toward making this a plan that represents the values of working and middle class families in New Jersey.

“Some of us have gone through this process many times.

“For others, the budget remains a new experience.

“But last year was unlike any other.

“We had a new governor who consistently talked about share sacrifices while defending tax cuts for the very wealthiest among us and pushing more and more pain for everyone else.

“The Governor’s idea of ‘shared sacrifice’ is that the wealthiest should share even greater riches while the rest of us make all the sacrifices.

“He insisted that his way was better.