Chrissy Buteas

NJBIA Chief Government Affairs Officer Chrissy Buteas

Jennifer Langer Jacobs, assistant commissioner for the New Jersey Department of Human Services, told NJBIA’s Health Affairs Policy Committee this morning that more people are enrolled in New Jersey’s FamilyCare program than ever before.

NJ FamilyCare, a publicly funded health insurance program, has 1.8 million enrollees thanks to an increasing number of residents remaining in the program as more are enrolling. However, the increase wasn’t as large as the department originally anticipated.

Additionally, the assistant commissioner provided an update on ways the department is working collaboratively with the provider community and Managed Care Organizations, through such areas as flexibility in site of service-home-based and telephonic care, food delivery service and a home health aide pilot program with LogistiCare; expedited enrollment in Medicaid; fast-tracked family members as personal care assistance providers; and relaxed prior authorization requirements.

With respect to maternal and child health, P.L. 2019 Chapter 87 prohibits health benefits coverage for certain non-medically indicated early elective deliveries under Medicaid which goes into effect on Jan. 1.  To be reimbursable, a delivery under 39 weeks must include a diagnosis code indicating a high-risk pregnancy.

For further information, please contact Chrissy Buteas at cbuteas@njbia.org.