Op-Ed: NJ Takes Lead on Addressing Medical Debt

Oct. 30, 2023

New Jersey’s $54.3 billion budget includes a small but mighty provision to address medical debt that hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves. In this Op-Ed, CHW affiliate Heather Howard and Madison Linton '24 discuss the merits of an innovative pilot program to cancel an estimated $1 billion worth of medical debt for tens of thousands of residents. This innovative effort establishes New Jersey as a leader in combating medical debt with the first statewide, publicly funded program.