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

Kaiser Family Foundation Poll: 75 Percent Americans Against Obamacare Repeal Without Replacement Plan

obamacare-repeal-2Washington, DC, January 7, 2017 — An overwhelming majority of people disapprove of Republican lawmakers’ plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act without having a ready replacement for the health care law, according to a poll released Friday.

And judging by the letter-writing and lobbying in the first week of the new congressional session, many health care and business groups agree.

A poll released Friday by the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that 75 percent of Americans say they either want lawmakers to leave Obamacare alone, or repeal it only when they can replace it with a new health care law. Continue reading

HHS Report Details Affordable Care Act’s Impact; 20 Million Gain Healthcare Coverage

Obamacare 3Washington, DC, December 24, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on December 13 released an extensive compilation of national and state-level data illustrating the substantial improvements in health care for all Americans in the last six years.

The uninsured rate has fallen to the lowest level on record, and 20 million Americans have gained coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

But beyond those people who would otherwise be uninsured, millions of Americans with employer, Medicaid, Medicare, or individual market coverage have benefited from new protections as a result of the law. Continue reading

Study: 52 Million with Pre-Existing Conditions Could Be Denied Coverage Without Obamacare

insured-uninsured-yes-noWashington, DC, December 13, 2016 — Carolyn Y. Johnson reports that one in four non-elderly adults has a medical condition, ranging from diabetes to pregnancy to severe obesity to arthritis, that would make them uninsurable under the health coverage rules that prevailed before the Affordable Care Act, according to a new study.

Before President Obama’s signature health-care law took effect, insurers could deny coverage to people buying individual health plans or charge them higher rates based on their health history, occupation or the medications they took.

Through one of the law’s most popular provisions, insurers can’t deny people coverage — and the factors they use to determine people’s premiums are extremely limited. Continue reading

Study: Obamacare Repeal-Only Would Make 30 Million Uninsured; Republicans Dismiss Dire Scenarios

obamacare-repeal-2Washington, DC, December 7, 2016 — The Associated Press today reports that repealing President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) without a replacement risks making nearly 30 million people uninsured, according to a study released Wednesday.

Separately, a professional group representing benefit advisers warned congressional leaders of the risk of “significant market disruption” that could cause millions of Americans to lose their health insurance.

Republicans dismiss such dire scenarios, saying that they are working on replacement legislation for a President Donald Trump to sign. Continue reading

Survey: Percentage of Uninsured Americans Now at Historically Low Level; 8.6% Lack Health Coverage

Obamacare Health InsuranceWashington, DC, September 7, 2016 — Louise Radnofsky reported in The Wall Street Journal that the number of uninsured people in the U.S. remained at a historic low in early 2016, according to a federal survey that found 8.6% of respondents without health coverage at the time of the interview.

That translates to about 27.3 million people who lacked medical insurance when they were asked about it between January and March as part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health Interview Survey.

The previous survey, covering the whole of 2015, had put the figure at 9.1%, or about 1.3 million more people. CDC officials said the latest reduction wasn’t statistically significant. Continue reading

Study: Repealing Obamacare Would Increase Uninsured by 24 Million

Obamacare 3Washington, DC, June 14, 2016 ― Peter Sullivan reports in The Hill that if Obamacare were repealed, 24 million fewer people would have health insurance in 2021, according to a new study from the Urban Institute.

The study — which looks only at repeal of Obamacare, not at the effects of any potential replacement plan — finds that 14.5 million fewer people would have coverage through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program and 8.8 million fewer people would have individual private coverage like that offered on the health law’s marketplaces.

Another 700,000 fewer people would have health insurance through their jobs. Continue reading