Insurance Giant Rolls Out New Preventive Program, Adjusted for COVID-19

LILO H. STAINTON | MAY 20, 2020

NJ Spotlight

Newark resident Phyllis — who was caring for several foster children — purchased the home she had been renting for years, when the program helped her to make the right connections.

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After a successful pilot project in Newark — built largely around community health workers who visited people at home to help address medical and social concerns — and nearly a year of planning, New Jersey’s largest health insurer was ready to expand the initiative to reach 24,000 vulnerable patients in 11 counties.

Then came the coronavirus, and with it, new precautions and restrictions designed to contain the spread of COVID-19. Those pandemic protocols made it impossible for the company, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, to roll out the program as planned.

But the viral outbreak also underscored the importance of the program itself, Horizon officials note, so they decided to press forward — with modifications.

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New Jersey congressman says Trump’s coronavirus response should devote more ‘energy’ to public health

Rep. Andy Kim said Tuesday he wishes the White House would tackle the public health challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic with the same “energy” Trump administration officials have exhibited in moving to reopen the national economy.

“I think, for me, what frustrates me is I share that sentiment of wanting to reopen, to get Americans back to work as soon as possible,” the New Jersey Democrat told POLITICO chief economic correspondent Ben White in a virtual interview.

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“And I wish that that energy that the administration is pushing towards that is the same energy that they would bring towards testing and widespread contact tracing and other tools,” Kim continued.

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Lose your job due to the coronavirus? You may still be able to get health insurance in N.J. under Obamacare.

Posted May 18, 2020

If you lost your job and the health insurance due to the coronavirus, you many be able to get help buying insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

That’s according to a recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, which found that many New Jerseyans, perhaps as many as two thirds, laid off due to the pandemic may qualify for assistance.

Close to 1.1 million workers in the state have sought unemployment payments since mid-March, when New Jersey’s economy largely shut down to curb the spread of the virus.

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Menendez, Sherrill urge aid for USPS ahead of primaries

By Nikita BiryukovMay 18 2020

New Jersey Globe

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. 

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U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-North Bergen) and Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) urged additional funding for the U.S. Postal Service as the agency prepares for primaries in New Jersey that will be held primarily using mail-in ballots.

“We need to give them the resources to achieve an even greater demand, and we certainly expect the postal service to deliver, as they always have, and to do it effectively and efficiently,” Menendez said during a call with reporters Monday. “And we’ll certainly be talking to the postal officials to make sure they can execute, as they are expected to do, and preserve the enfranchisement of each voter.”

Under the plan Gov. Phil Murphy announced Friday, every New Jersey voter registered with the Republican or Democratic party will receive a mail-in ballot for the state’s July primaries.

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Murphy outlines stages for New Jersey’s economic reopening

New Jersey is well into the first stage of its economic reopening, but even as the state advances toward its “new normal,” the coronavirus pandemic’s effects on daily life will likely linger well beyond when typical economic activities resume, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday.

“Today, the practices and protocols put in place after 9/11 are part of our routines,” Murphy said during his daily briefing, citing airport security checks and tighter licensing restrictions implemented after the September 11 terrorist attacks. “In many ways, the aftermath of this pandemic will be similar.”

Monday’s briefing in Trenton marked the first time Murphy has offered a clear sense of how he envisions the nuts and bolts of New Jersey’s revival, categorizing different industries, workforce segments and activities into one of four “stages” of recovery.

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Requests for N.J. public records rejected during coronavirus crisis as Murphy administration uses little-known law

Posted May 17, 2020

In 2005, New Jersey enacted a sweeping law called the Emergency Health Powers Act, giving the governor greater authority to take actions to protect Garden State residents during a health crisis.

Gov. Phil Murphy has cited the statute frequently the last two months as he’s issued a series of orders to place the state in near-lockdown to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

But in an unexpected development, some government agencies in Murphy’s administration have also cited the law to reject requests from media outlets seeking public records related to how the state has responded to an outbreak that has killed more than 10,000 residents and caused widespread unemployment.

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The virus has turned NJ prisons into death houses. The governor must act now | Editorial

The tragedy unfolding inside New Jersey’s prisons demands an emergency response from Gov. Murphy, who needs to consider whether Department of Corrections commissioner Marcus Hicks is capable of handling this cascading horror of illness and death with the urgency it deserves.

Call us skeptical. New Jersey’s prisons lead the nation in the rate of coronavirus-related deaths, with 42 inmates and at least 3 prison employees lost, and both inmates (525, as of Friday) and employees (605) falling ill at a frightful rate.

And as a report in NJ Advance Media showed with alarming detail of the Hicks’ poor performance throughout the pandemic, the crisis was made worst by the DOC’s mismanagement of inmates, inadequate protection of employees, failure to implement Murphy’s order to release older offenders, and the butchering of a testing protocol that is stuck at the starting gate

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Murphy Makes Primary Vote-By-Mail, Results to Come in Mid-July

COLLEEN O'DEA | MAY 18, 2020

NJ Spotlight

Some states already have secure ballot drop boxes. In this April 22, 2020, photo, Jim O’Bryan puts his primary election ballot in the drop box at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in Cleveland, Ohio.

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This year’s vote-by-mail primary may wind up not only preventing the spread of COVID-19 but also boosting turnout. It will also increase the suspense over the winners.

Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday announced his decision that the election he already postponed until July 7 will be conducted primarily by mail, with most registered Democrats and Republicans automatically getting a ballot and everyone else registered receiving an application for a mail-in ballot.

And because the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted some postal service operations and led to delays in deliveries, Murphy is requiring that all ballots received up to a week after Election Day be counted. That means the results of contested congressional primaries in 10 of the state’s 12 districts, Cory Booker’s U.S. Senate seat, and a host of county and local races won’t be known until mid-July.

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Trump calls into conservative N.J. radio show and praises Democrat Murphy

New Jersey’s public health crisis has produced what may be one of the strangest political romances the state has ever seen.

Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat who before the coronavirus held himself out as a sort of anti-Trump, has for the last two months praised the Trump administration’s response to the pandemic as he’s sought ventilators, equipment and billions in federal funds.

Trump has praised Murphy as well, including during gubernatorial visit last month to the White House. But on Friday, Trump took his praise of the governor to a new platform: A local radio program that bashes Murphy on a daily basis.

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N.J. failed to fix unemployment system for 19 years, records show. Now Murphy pleads patience.

Posted May 14, 2020

The warnings were clear, the language was ominous: A critical state website relied upon by tens of thousands of New Jersey residents was teetering on the verge of collapse.

In a 43-page report, the state Department of Labor outlined the dire need to modernize the state’s archaic unemployment website. A failure to do so, the report cautioned, could lead to catastrophic problems in the event of a spike in unemployment.

The date on the report? July 2003.

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