Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Assembly Panel to Consider Christie Cuts to Senior Citizens

**Thursday Advisory**

(Trenton) - The Assembly Budget Committee will meet Thursday to hear testimony on Gov. Chris Christie's cuts to senior citizen programs.

The hearing is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 21, in Committee Room 11 on the 4th Floor of the State House Annex in Trenton.

Audio of the hearing will be streamed at:


*Cut $25 million from nursing homes;

*Cut $4.65 million from specialty care nursing facilities;

*Line-item vetoed $13 million to protect Medicaid and Medicare patients from higher co-payments and to ensure they have access to drugs not included in Medicare; and

*Line-item vetoed $11 million to keep the aged, blind and disabled population out of managed care.

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