Montclair, NJ  -- On Monday, April 23, BlueWaveNJ will host a forum in which Jackie Cornell, Principal Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health, will outline the Murphy Administration's plans to improve health care delivery and access in the state. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation.

The Public Health and Health Care Agenda of the Murphy Administration:  A Healthier New Jersey
Monday, April 23, 7:00 P.M.
First Congregational Church, Guild Room
40 S. Fullerton AvenueMontclair, NJ
Register online here (free)

Ms. Cornell will present an ambitious agenda that includes

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  • getting all children in the state insured;
  • improving maternal health, birth outcomes, and access to family planning;
  • addressing the opioid crisis and improving access to mental health and addiction treatment;
  • protecting and strengthening the individual market for health insurance; and
  • protecting insured New Jersey patients from "surprise billing" by out-of-network healthcare providers at in-network hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

"Expanding access to primary care and women’s health services, increasing the number of residents insured and reducing disparities in black infant mortality and maternal mortality are key cornerstones of the Murphy Administration’s health care and public health agenda,” Ms. Cornell explained. “We are also focused on best practices to combat the opioid epidemic—including increasing availability of mental health care and addiction treatment.”

Prior to joining the Murphy Administration, Ms. Cornell was Director of Development and External Affairs at New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP), a progressive, independent think tank. Previously, she was Regional Director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under President Barack Obama.

In addition to outlining policy, Ms. Cornell will address how politically active citizens can help advance a progressive health care agenda in New Jersey.

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