Who We Are

The New Jersey Life Sciences Vendors Alliance (NJLSVA) is a coalition of businesses, individuals and academia who provide goods and services to New Jersey’s life sciences companies.

The NJLSVA was founded to educate suppliers on trends in industry procurement and public policy that affects the life sciences industry.


Census Bureau: Uninsured Rate Fell to 8.7% Last Year; 66,000 More Jerseyans Insured

Washington, DC, September 13, 2017 — Louise Radnofsky reports in The Wall Street Journal that the share of people in the U.S. who lacked health insurance for the whole of 2016 declined to 8.8 percent, the Census Bureau announced Tuesday.

This was down from 9.1 percent the previous year, largely due to Americans aging into the federal Medicare program for people 65 and older.

The rate reflects around 28.1 million people without health coverage, a decrease from 29 million a year earlier, hitting a new low that has also been reflected in other government and private surveys. Continue reading

Report: States’ Federal Medicaid Funding Could Drop 39 Percent Over Two Decades Under GOP Plan

Washington, DC, July 17, 2017The Hill reports that federal Medicaid funding could drop by as much as 39 percent over the next two decades under Senate Republicans’ healthcare plan, according to a report presented at the National Governors Association meeting.

The report, authored by the consulting firm Avalere Health, estimates that the GOP’s plan to overhaul large parts of the country’s healthcare system would offer deep cuts to Medicaid, ranging from 27 to 39 percent.

Among the states that would be hit the hardest by the cuts are California, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Minnesota and Kentucky, among others that would see funding reductions of 35 percent or more. Continue reading

Trump Budget Proposes Deep Cuts to Medical Research and Health Care

Washington, DC, May 24, 2017 — Alison Kodjak and Rob Stein report on NPR that President Donald J. Trump’s proposed budget unveiled Tuesday doubles down on major cuts to biomedical research, programs to fight infectious disease outbreaks, health care for the poor, elderly and disabled, and prevention of HIV/AIDS.

The 2018 budget, which is entitled “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” restates the goals of the “skinny budget” the administration released in March, which was widely condemned by scientists and public health advocates. Continue reading

Seema Verma Confirmed as Director of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

CMS Director Seema Verma

Washington, DC, March 14, 2017 — The Senate on Monday confirmed President Donald Trump’s nominee, Seema Verma, to serve as the director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Indiana health care consultant Seema Verma.

Verma was confirmed 55-43 in the Senate Monday evening.

During her confirmation hearings, Verma said that she does not support turning Medicare, the government’s program for adults over 65 and people with disabilities, into a voucher plan in which people would select coverage from private health insurance companies. Continue reading

New Jersey Policy Perspective Reports: An Obamacare Repeal Without Replacement Will ‘Devastate’ the Garden State

Trenton, NJ, February 22, 2017 — According to a new report from the New Jersey Policy Perspective, if Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — well known as Obamacare — and doesn’t replace it, the loss of coverage for an estimated 800,000 New Jersey residents would be only part of the story, reports Lindy Washburn in The Record/NorthJersey.com.

The report presents county-by-county data about the effect of ACA repeal.

In addition, Livio reports that more than 210,000 seniors who rely on Medicare and have substantial prescription drug needs would face higher out-of-pocket costs. Continue reading

Governor Christies Announces Over Half a Million New Jerseyans Have Comprehensive Health Care Thanks to Medicaid Expansion

Governor Chris Christie

Governor Chris Christie

Trenton, NJ, August 30, 2016 — Governor Christie yesterday announced that more than half a million New Jerseyans have comprehensive health care coverage who otherwise would not have due to his decision to opt for Medicaid expansion.

The NJ FamilyCare 2015 Annual Report, which details the condition of the state’s medical public assistance program, shows that since the January 2014 expansion, 566,655 more New Jersey residents are now enrolled, thanks to the expansion that has reduced costs for taxpayers and beneficiaries.

  • 336,141 Newly eligible adults
  • 101,644 Previously eligible but not enrolled adults and children
  • 128,870 Adults maintaining eligibility solely due to the state’s decision to expand Medicaid Continue reading

Kaiser Family Foundation: Nearly Half of Uninsured Eligible for Medicaid or Subsidized Affordable Care Act Coverage

Washington, DC, October 13, 2015 ― Weeks away from the Affordable Care Act’s third open enrollment period, a new Kaiser Family Foundation analysis finds nearly half (49% or 15.7 million) of the 32.3 million nonelderly people in the United States without health insurance at the beginning of 2015 are eligible for Medicaid or subsidized coverage through an ACA marketplace.

On a state level, the share of the uninsured population eligible for those two forms of insurance-related financial assistance ranges from 35 percent in Nebraska and Texas to 75 percent in West Virginia, according to the analysis, which uses data from the 2015 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement and other sources. Continue reading

Medicare and Medicaid Celebrate 50 Years; 55 Million Americans Covered by Medicare; New State Enrollment Numbers

President Lyndon B. Johnson Signs Medicare Bill July 30 1965Washington, DC, July 30, 2015 ― On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson—with former President Harry S. Truman at his side—signed the Social Security Amendments, which established Medicare and Medicaid, promising that they would “improve a wide range of health and medical services for Americans of all ages.”

As Medicare and Medicaid today celebrate their 50th anniversary protecting the health and well-being of millions of seniors, people with disabilities and low-income individuals, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released updated Medicare state-by-state enrollment numbers, showing that more than 55 million Americans are covered by Medicare.

In 1966, approximately 19.1 million Americans were covered by Medicare. In 2012, there were nearly 52 million beneficiaries covered by Medicare.  Today’s enrollment numbers represent a three million person increase during the last three years as the Baby Boom generation has started to retire. Continue reading

Gov. Christie Touts Benefits of Medicaid Expansion in New Jersey

Washington, DC, March 11, 2015 ― An Associated Press story published in today’s Washington Post reports that Gov. Chris Christie is touting the budgetary benefits of Medicaid expansion under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

Gov. Christie, a vocal critic of Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act, said Tuesday during a town hall event in Somerville that Medicaid expansion has helped save New Jersey taxpayers significant money and benefited low-income residents as well as the state’s bottom line. Continue reading