We need to do more to address the addiction crisis

BY HEATHER SHAPTER Addiction is crippling. Toward the end I was using against my will. I was scared to be sick and go through withdrawal, so I continued getting high. Eventually, I learned about the Methadone program in my community and made the decision to start going to treatment. At the time I was on…

Happy 53rd Birthday Medicaid and Medicare!

BY LISA CAMPANELLA If you don’t have health insurance through your employer, you need the Affordable Care Act, also known as the ACA or Obamacare.  In New Jersey for over 1.74 million people, that often means Medicaid, the federal/state health care program that covers among others, children, those with disabilities, working families, people struggling with…

A Call to Action

BY ROBIN BOTTINO At a time when the country is very divided and people are so polarized, what’s one to do? Get Involved! Last year I attended an NJOP Action Kick-Off event. I was shocked. It was a Saturday afternoon and the room was filled with people who were willing to work together for access…

We need a healthcare program and a budget that puts people over profits

By Shannon Duffy Nearly three years ago, NJOP was founded by Sandy survivors fighting to get home. Sandy recovery taught us that our safety net programs – like healthcare and food assistance – are critical for families struggling to rebuild their livelihoods and economic dignity and security. And it’s not just Sandy impacted families: Programs…