Sens. Menendez, Booker Announce Over $1.1 million for Chronic Disease Preventive Care in NJ

Sens. Menendez, Booker Announce Over $1.1 million for Chronic Disease Preventive Care in NJ

NEWARK, NJ - US Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-NJ) today announced $1,149,073 in federal funding from the Department of Health and Human Services to support programs aimed at preventing chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Funded in part by the Affordable Care Act, the awards will strengthen state and local programs aimed at fighting these chronic diseases, which are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States, and help lower our nation's health care costs.

"I'm thrilled to see that today's investment to support New Jersey's efforts in combating chronic diseases was made possible by the Affordable Care Act," said Sen. Menendez. "These federal funds will go a long way in helping us expand critical preventive care access through state and local partnerships to combat tobacco use, high blood pressure and obesity."

"Access to medical care is critical to preventing chronic disease," said Sen. Booker. "These grants support programs that provide education and preventive care to communities across our state and will save taxpayers money down the road by preventing serious illnesses instead of merely treating them. I will continue to fight for affordable and quality care for all."

Chronic diseases are responsible for 7 of 10 deaths among Americans each year, and they account for more than 80 percent of the $2.7 trillion our nation spends annually on medical care.

The specific grant awards follow:

  • $699,073 to New Jersey for State public Health Actions. This new project funds land grant universities in states with counties that have more than 40% prevalence of adult. Universities will conduct intervention strategies through existing cooperative extension and outreach services at the county level. These strategies will improve physical activity and nutrition, reduce obesity, and prevent and control diabetes, heart disease, and stroke
  • $450,000 to the Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA for Partnerships to improve Community Health (PICH) for public health strategies to reduce tobacco use and exposure, improve nutrition, increase physical activity, and improve access to chronic disease prevention, risk reduction, and management opportunities.

This is one of many ways the Affordable Care Act is improving access to preventive care, and coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. Under the Affordable Care Act, 76 million Americans in private health insurance have gained access to preventive care services without cost-sharing and issuers can no longer deny coverage to anyone because of a pre-existing condition.