GENERAL EXPANSION POLICY
The New Jersey Primary Care Association (NJPCA) supports the idea of 100% access and 0% disparity. We strongly feel that the ultimate goal of any primary care system should be to increase access to quality comprehensive care for all citizens. We also strongly support the expansion of the “safety net,” which has traditionally served all patients, even those with no ability to pay.
Health centers in New Jersey now find themselves in a position of trying to balance their need to continue their mission of service versus ways of staying competitive in today’s marketplace. Clearly, with the new health care reform focus, and the various protections included in the bill for health centers, this is a tremendous opportunity to expand services and capacity in the State of New Jersey. It is important that certain principles on development of new access points be reaffirmed.