NJ Budget 2022: Boost for Women’s Health Care

NJ Budget 2022: Boost for Women's Health Care

Credit: (Pool Photo: Ed Murray / NJ Advance Media) File Photo: Gov. Phil Murphy

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy plans to invest at least $ 50 million – much of it in new funding – in programs to help vulnerable women access reproductive health care, including contraception , childbirth services and insurance coverage for up to one year after childbirth.

The proposals are included in Murphy’s state budget proposal for the coming year, administration officials said, and reflect its commitment to improving maternal mortality outcomes and reducing racial disparities. in New Jersey, where black women are more than four times more likely than white women to die. following childbirth.

Murphy is expected to unveil the spending plan for the fiscal year that begins in July, in a speech scheduled for Tuesday. The state legislature must approve a budget by July 1.

WATCH LIVE: NJ Spotlight News special coverage of Governor Phil Murphy’s budget speech

Most maternal health proposals with new or additional funding were included in a strategic plan published in January by Nurture NJ, an advocacy coalition championed by First Lady Tammy Murphy.

These proposals include more than …

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