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United Way of Northern New Jersey-HEALTH Advocacy

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Healthy Families

HealthHaving attainable, affordable health care is not just a health issue – it is a critical component for individuals and families to remain financially stable and for local economies to thrive. In addition, the majority of long-term care – 80 percent – is provided in the home by unpaid family caregivers who put their own physical, mental, and financial health at risk to care for a loved one. Family caregivers have high rates of depression and those 50 or older who reduce their hours or leave the workforce due to caregiving lose an estimated $300,000 in income and benefits. The following are the policy changes United Way is fighting to change for ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) and all in our community:

  • Promote accessible and affordable health care coverage so that fewer ALICE households and those in poverty are uninsured or underinsured.
  • Promote family caregiving strategies at the national, state, and local levels that recognize the contribution of family caregivers and supports them through tax credits, family and sick leave, respite, and other support services.
  • Support a broader definition of family caregivers to include a loved one who is related by blood or affinity and whose close association is the equivalent of a family relationship.

You can learn more about our work to promote caregiver-friendly policies here.

IncomeTake Action

Fight for ALICE
Click here to join us in telling Governor Phil Murphy and our state legislators that improving life for all in New Jersey begins with improving life for ALICE. In this first year of a new administration in Trenton we need a comprehensive approach that makes child care affordable for working families, supports pro-work, anti-poverty tax credits, and helps family caregivers with the high cost of caring for ill, aging or disabled loved ones.

For More Information
Want to learn how you can get involved? Email Carol DeGraw or call 973.993.1160, x202.

United Way Stands Up For ALICE

United Way is advocating for policy changes that would make a meaningful difference for those earning incomes below the ALICE Threshold and all in our community. See below for examples.

2017
Wrote a letter to U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez that call for improvements to the existing health care law.
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2016
N.J. General Assembly Regulatory Oversight Committee December 15 Hearing

CEO John Franklin and Director of Health Impact Area Carol DeGraw testified about the importance of improving New Jersey’s paid family leave program for unpaid caregivers.
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