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MURPHY: NJ WILL HAVE ITS OWN OBAMACARE MARKETPLACE

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On Friday, Gov. Phil Murphy said he sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announcing the state's intent to create its own health insurance marketplace beginning in 2021. The move is "a bid to guard against the Trump administration's attempt to unwind restrictions of the Affordable Care Act," Michael Diamond writes. And the enrollment period could stay open for longer. Trade groups — the New Jersey Association of Health Plans and the New Jersey Hospital Association — applauded the plan. (Asbury Park Press)

MEDICALLY-ASSISTED SUICIDE COULD BE LEGAL IN NJ SOON

A much-debated bill that would enable any terminally ill adult patient in New Jersey to self-administer a lethal medication prescribed by a physician is scheduled for a vote before both houses of the state Legislature today. Yet even if the bill passes both houses, its future is uncertain: Gov. Phil Murphy has not yet said whether he would sign or veto the measure. (The Record)

AG GREWAL SUES CA-BASED 'GHOST GUN' MANUFACTURER

In November, Gov. Phil Murphy signed a measure that bans most "ghost guns", which are 3-D printed firearms and other "untraceable" guns that elude detection. The next month, state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal sent cease-and-desist letters to manufacturers of these firearms. 15 companies complied. On Friday, Grewal announced the state has filed its first lawsuit against a "ghost gun" company: U.S. Patriot Armory. (Gloucester Township Patch)

ESCAPED GROUP HOME PATIENTS DISTURBING NEIGHBORS

A disability services company that has attracted three times more abuse and neglect investigations than any other provider in New Jersey (from March 2017 and March 2018) is now at the center of another investigation, this time for its group home in West Milford. The site has rattled the neighborhood (video). It's one of 14 in the township and several others in North Jersey that are owned and operated by Bellwether, a private equity-owned company that previously used the name AdvoServ (until two patient deaths in Florida garnered national attention). The company is now under review by a state monitor, but that surveillance will not extend to day-to-day operations at the facility. (The Record)

 

👀 Stories we're keeping an eye on...

Cannabis
  • Where scramble for legal weed stands two days before big vote (NJ.com)
  • Lawmakers near vote on recreational cannabis (Associated Press/WHYY)
  • Bill will force towns that passed local bans to do it again (The Record)
  • Bill will spike municipal taxes, police chief warns (Asbury Park Press)
Education #Feminism
  • Karen Uhlenbeck is first woman to win top math prize (Planet Princeton)
  • Making imprisonment easier on women prisoners, families (NJ Spotlight)
Politics
  • McGuire, Dover Air Force bases face possible cuts to fund wall (WHYY)
  • NJ politicians call for Mueller report's public release (NorthJersey.com)
  • Local politicians say Mueller report summary is inconclusive (CBS Philly)
  • How CEO Lizette Delgado-Polanco became a powerful and controversial force in Trenton (The Record)

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