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SPAN Perspectives

Use the $$$ to Spread the Word about ACA for Families!

on Wed, 07/03/2013 - 15:00

Beginning October 1, New Jerseyans of all incomes will have access to an online health insurance Marketplace where they can shop for new, affordable private health insurance or access public programs like Medicaid and NJ Family Care. Most New Jerseyans will also be eligible for federal subsidies that help offset the cost of health insurance. These programs take great strides toward making insurance affordable for all of New Jersey's uninsured and underinsured residents. But there's a problem. Few people know about the ACA's new coverage options or how to access them.

Unfair Access to Healthcare Affects Our Families, by Lauren Agoratus

on Sat, 04/27/2013 - 17:00

They call it “health disparities.”  What this means is any inequality in healthcare to underserved populations.  Sometimes it’s based on race, sex, gender identity, age, disability, or economic status discrimination.

Unequal care results in poorer health outcomes as the result of increased morbidity (illness/injury/consequences) and mortality (yes, death).  Children and adults are actually dying in the U.S.  because they can’t get the healthcare they need.  One particularly sad case involved a young boy with a toothache or eventually died due to infection complications. 

I first became

Parents to NJDOE: "Please Slow Down the Process"

on Mon, 03/25/2013 - 16:18

On March 6th The Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) along with at least 50 other advocates, family members and one student who we will highlight in a minute went to the State Board of Education (SBOE) to discuss the proposed changes to 6A:14 the Special Education Regulations.  Below is a summary of the comments made by SPAN Policy Director, Peg Kinsell:

Although many folks had different issues they wanted to highlight, one theme ran throughout, "Please Slow Down the Process." Almost every speaker questioned what the hurry was since there is no pending legislation, litigation, or major

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