Advising the new administration on health care and housing
By Hannah Mogul-Adlin
When Governor Phil Murphy took office in Trenton on January 23, he was armed with knowledge and advice from the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers. For the first time in its 15-year history, the Camden Coalition had a seat at the table on the governor-elect’s transition team: Natassia Rozario, senior director for external affairs, served on the team’s healthcare committee, and Shabnam Salih, associate director for policy & engagement, staffed the housing committee.
“Being selected for the governor’s transition team was a great honor for the Coalition, and indicates a coming of age for the field of complex care,” said Natassia. “We’re incredibly optimistic about working with the new administration to bring data-driven, whole-person care to more people with complex health and social needs in New Jersey.”
We are also excited to announce that post-inauguration, Shabnam has joined the Murphy administration as his health care policy advisor. Her appointment is an important signal that improving complex care in New Jersey is a serious priority for the new administration.
The healthcare and housing transition committees also included a number of other members of our Good Care Collaborative (GCC), the statewide coalition for better Medicaid policy that the Camden Coalition facilitates. The GCC believes that the new administration has the opportunity to make New Jersey a national model for Medicaid, and has recommended six strategies to make that a reality.
A number of the GCC’s recommendations made it into the final reports of the healthcare and housing committees, along with other important complex care priorities that were not included in the six official recommendations. These include:
- Develop next-generation Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations
- Accelerate the implementation of the Integrated Population Health Data (iPHD) Project with an emphasis on the social determinants of health
- End homelessness in NJ by setting a progressive Housing First policy
- Establish an Office of Health Transformation
- Introduce a comprehensive plan to improve maternal health and birth outcomes
- Develop a pilot to provide legal representation for low-income NJ residents facing eviction or foreclosure
- Endorse legislation to allow counties to increase Homeless Trust Funds
“Medicaid is our second biggest expenditure.” she wrote. “We’re making great strides toward reducing the inefficiencies in the system, and… now is the time to double down on evidence-based, data-driven solutions here in New Jersey. We can reduce avoidable hospital stays, emergency room visits and lost lives.
“Better care at lower cost is possible, but only if we transform our systems so that they work for
us when we need them most.”