Bloustein COVID-19 News & Media

Opinion: How to Meet the Financial Challenges Facing New Jersey

The state extended the current fiscal year by three months, a very unusual move but permitted under our Constitution. It allows more time to access the revenue impact of the pandemic and develop a strategy for the remainder of this year and next. During this time, the governor must share detailed revenue and expenditure projections with […]

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Rural America emerges into recovery ill-prepared for COVID-19’s spread

While major cities remain the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in our country, COVID-19 cases are surging in rural states like Nebraska.  The coronavirus presents a significant challenge in rural areas across the U.S. With luck, lower population densities, and a more home-based lifestyle should generally help tamp down the spread of the virus. On […]

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As we rebuild, we must find a way to close the digital divide

Similarly, many of our clients obtain information about SNAP (food stamps), welfare and other programs offered by the Mercer County Board of Social Services through interaction with our case manager and through discussions with other clients as they eat their lunch at TASK. With the closure of TASK’s facility, these opportunities to obtain vitally needed […]

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How risky should we be in our quest to reopen our economy quickly?

Much of public policy is about reducing risks. Policies to give people health insurance are intended to reduce their risk of serious illness by encouraging them to go to the doctor for preventative care. Policies to protect the environment are intended to reduce the risk of people getting ill or dying because of pollution. Policies […]

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Thank Goodness for Affordable Care Act and Medicaid

Behind the statistics and challenges are real people. Proper medical care improves the quality of life and all that goes along with good care — especially during this time of the coronavirus. Medicaid provides health benefits to 72 million Americans who cannot afford health care. The NJ Family Care Program includes Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance […]

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Knicks dancer working as a nurse on front lines of the pandemic

New Jersey native Tara Rappleyea has traded in performances on the sidelines of The World’s Most Famous Arena to battles on the front lines in her hometown. “It’s been pretty emotional, honestly. I feel like it’s a rollercoaster,” Rappleyea told PIX 11News. “Some days I feel excited, hopeful and happy and some days I feel […]

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