Substandard Health Insurance Policies: New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP) and consumer advocates release today a report on substandard health plans and the impact they could have. Advocates will highlight the full range of options open to consumers receiving cancellation notices. See the report here or join a teleconference at Noon (866-740-1260 Code: 7483644). NJPP is also renewing its call for the State to utilize without delay the $7.6 million remaining from a state planning grant to educate New Jerseyans and ensure consumers are fully informed of their choices.
Fair Share Housing Center says documents it obtained through litigation against the Christie Administration indicate, “Guidelines for major Sandy programs were not adopted until after the administration chose who got the funds.” For more information on what Fair Share uncovered go here. On Monday Christie displayed his displeasure with this group’s gaining access to the documents. He called them a “hack group” – a sure sign they are onto something.
AIDS Awareness Week: As David Cruz on NJTV News reminded us, “Newark has always – and still does – lead the state in HIV/AIDS cases. In 2012, there were more than 14,000 Newarkers living with the disease. That’s close to 70 percent of the cases statewide.” Across the country, there are 56,000 new HIV infections every year. Dr. Eddie Jumper of North Jersey Community Research Initiative (NJCRI) says, “The real crisis is the countless others who may be engaging in high-risk activity – like unprotected sex and sharing needles – who just don’t know their HIV status.” He adds, “Get tested.” View the 3-minute segment on NJTV News, including David Cruz taking an HIV test. (Disclosure: I am the founder and past E.D. of NJCRI.)
Give me a break: The Star-Ledger reports, “They compare him to French President Charles de Gaulle at the end of World War II. They call him a ‘happy warrior.’ But above all, the staff members of GQ bestowed a new honor on Gov. Chris Christie: “Boss of the Year 2013.”
“Let the guessing begin on what changes are in store for Gov. Chris Christie’s cabinet.” That question was raised by Bob Jordan at APP.com who adds that when Christie announced some personnel tweaks in his administration Monday, he said, “You’ll be seeing a lot of me in these next few weeks as we have more of these kinds of announcements.” As Christie increases his out-of-State travel he must want to ensure a loyal, competent staff to carry out his agenda. What changes do you guess are coming?
Gov. Chris Christie: No public events scheduled today.
Port Authority NY/NJ Board of Commissioners: Meeting at 1:30pm, 225 Park Avenue South, NY, NY. The Authority continues its obfuscation regarding the closing of the Fort Lee access lanes to the George Washington Bridge by claiming it was part of a traffic study. However, the Authority has provided no documentation to support that claim. Of course such has not stopped the Authority from yet another toll increase which just went into effect. Once again New Jerseyans are paying more while the majority of the revenue is applied to NY projects.
U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance: A telephone town-hall meeting from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. To find out how to join the call, you can contact his office at (908) 518-7733. On Facebook he is saying, ACA “remains unworkable and deserves to be repealed.”
U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez: is at West New York Public School 3 which will be renamed after him at 11:00am in West New York.