Measure Would Increase Funding by $7.5 Million in Fiscal Year 2012

WALL, NJ - Monmouth County Assemblywomen Mary Pat Angelini, Caroline Casagrande, and Amy Handlin have introduced a budget resolution which would increase funding for women’s health services by $7.5 million in Fiscal Year 2012.

“We can continue to provide essential health care, screenings and other services for women and children who desperately need help,” said Angelini. “Providing these services is the best and most cost-effective way to keep people healthy.”

The resolution would allocate $6.2 million to Federal Qualified Health Centers and $1.3 million for New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection.

“This makes sure the money we spend goes to legitimate clinics that perform actual health services for our New Jersey women and children in need,” said Casagrande. “This is a responsible and compassionate approach to make sure important health needs are not neglected.”

No public funding would go toward Planned Parenthood and the resolution would change budget language from “Family Planning Services” to “Women and Family Health Services” to reflect the Republican commitment to women and healthcare.

“The fiscal policies we enacted last year have improved our revenue stream that we can begin to restore funding to important programs and make investments in issues that we all care about, such as health services for women and children,” added Handlin.

The resolution is also sponsored by Assemblywomen Nancy F. Munoz, R-Essex, Morris and Somerset, Diane Gove, R-Ocean, Burlington and Atlantic, Denise Coyle, R-Somerset and Morris.