New Jersey Catholic hospitals to feel sting of Charity Care cuts

Nine Catholic hospitals in New Jersey must learn how to serve the poor with less money, since there has been a major reduction in state funding for Charity Care at these health care facilities.

New Jersey’s governor signed a budget that reduces Charity Care for indigent patients without health insurance by $111 million.

“Health care access for the poor and vulnerable, especially inner-city residents, will be threatened as financially distressed hospitals are further weakened” by the cuts, said Father Joseph Kukura, a Newark, N.J., archdiocesan priest who is president of the Princeton-based Catholic HealthCare Partnership of New Jersey.

More details about this issue are available in the July 16 edition of The Catholic Advocate, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Newark, N.J.

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