Concerning New Statistics On NJ Health Care Reinforce Importance Of Universal Health Coverage, Says Menendez

Concerning New Statistics On NJ Health Care Reinforce Importance Of Universal Health Coverage, Says Menendez

Report shows NJ is ranked 21st in the nation, down from 14th last year

Washington - A report ranking the states on health care that was issued yesterday showed that New Jersey has dropped seven places in the past year, from 14th to 21st. The study by the United Health Foundation, the American Public Health Association and the Partnership for Prevention shows that the number of New Jerseyans without health insurance has risen 76 percent since 1990, and that only 63.4 percent of pregnant women in the state are receiving adequate prenatal care.

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), who has led the effort in the Senate to fight for federal support of New Jersey's FamilyCare program, today released the following statement:

"One New Jerseyan without health care is one too many, but the rate at which the number of uninsured is growing in our state is outright alarming. The situation begs for a plan to get us to universal health coverage - something the Bush administration has been unwilling to tackle as it pursues a costly war in Iraq.

"Part of the solution would be a strong children's health insurance bill, and I have stood up time and again in the Senate on behalf of New Jersey's children and families who have nowhere else to turn but to FamilyCare. Were it not for the president's cold-hearted veto, we would already be on the way toward ensuring that millions of children across the nation are not left in the ranks of the uninsured."


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