PO Box 360
Trenton, NJ 08625-0360

For Release:
October 4, 2012

Mary E. O'Dowd, M.P.H.
Commissioner

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Christie Administration Gains Federal Approval for Medicaid Reforms to Bring More Compassionate Care to Most Vulnerable New Jerseyans

Reforms Will Provide Better Care to Seniors, Children and Adults with Disabilities, Individuals with Mental Illness and Low-Income Families, While Reducing State Costs Over Long Term

TRENTON - The Christie Administration today announced that it has received approval from the federal government to move forward with bold and innovative Medicaid reform that will result in more compassionate and effective care to the most vulnerable New Jerseyans, while at the same time reducing long-term costs to the state. These reforms, contained in what is known as the Comprehensive Medicaid Waiver application, were initially outlined by the Administration in September 2011, and are in line with the policies and goals of Governor Christie to positively and sensibly change the way government programs and services support those who need them the most. Now with the federal government's approval, New Jersey will continue to move forward with broad-based reforms to deliver smarter, more effective services with a strong focus on transitioning from institutionalized settings to home and community-based care.

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