by Jasmine Phiri
July 25, 2018
Assistant Commissioner, Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services,
New Jersey Department of Human Services
As Assistant Commissioner for the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services in New Jersey’s Department of Human Services, Jennifer Langer Jacobs leads New Jersey’s Medicaid program and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which together are known as NJ FamilyCare.
Jenn is passionate about making government programs work the best way possible for the people they serve. Before leading the largest long-term care plan in Florida, she spent eleven years in leadership at Amerigroup New Jersey, most recently as Chief Operating Officer. Earlier in her career, Jenn worked in the New Jersey Senate Majority Office on a range of legislative initiatives and taught fifth grade in Jersey
City. She graduated summa cum laude from the honors college at Penn State and holds a master’s degree in urban policy and planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
New Jersey’s Medicaid team is working aggressively under Governor Murphy to expand access to care and address critical health care challenges, including:
• Expanding access to opioid addiction treatment by removing Medicaid prior authorization requirements for medication-assisted opioid treatment, investing in training more health care providers to offer opioid addiction treatment, creating new Medicaid payments incentives to encourage primary care providers to provide medication-assisted treatment, funding two Medicaid Centers of Excellence for opioid treatment and requiring residential treatment facilities that receive Medicaid to provide access to medication-assisted treatment;
• Creating new autism benefits under the New Jersey Medicaid program to expand access to these important services;
• Establishing doula services in Medicaid to provide additional supports to pregnant women and to respond to evidence showing the impact of doula care on improving health outcomes for women of color;
• Implementing new ways to support mental health care providers in designing services and offering care to individuals with co-occurring developmental disabilities and behavioral health conditions;
• Expanding Hepatitis C treatments for Medicaid enrollees;
• Creating a new family planning benefit program for women and men with incomes that are higher than traditional Medicaid eligibility; and,
• Removing barriers to tobacco cessation benefits in Medicaid to make it easier to tackle this leading preventable cause of death.
The Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs, together known as NJ FamilyCare, are jointly
funded by state and federal resources totaling more than $14 billion and provide health coverage for
approximately 1.7 million New Jerseyans with low-to-moderate incomes.