Guaman v. Velez

In May 2012, the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey submitted an amicus brief in a lawsuit challenging the state’s discriminatory cuts to a health insurance program for low wage workers. The lawsuit challenges the state policy that ended the participation in New Jersey FamilyCare of immigrants who are lawful permanent residents who have not possessed that status for at least five years. New Jersey FamilyCare is a state-funded Medicaid program that provides subsidized health insurance to qualifying low-income adults and children. At least 12,000 working residents, who would be otherwise eligible for the program, are affected by these cuts. The ACLU-NJ’s brief argues that New Jersey violated the constitutional guarantees of equal protection under the laws.

Status: This case has been argued before the Appellate Court.

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