NJ health, environment budgets reviewed

(AP) - Lawmakers are set to take a closer look Monday at the impact Gov. Chris Christie's proposed budget would have on senior citizens and hospital patients in New Jersey.

Assembly Budget Committee chairman Lou Greenwald says he's concerned about an additional $430 seniors in the state's prescription drug program would be assessed due to higher deductibles and co-payments. Greenwald says many of those seniors would also lose a property tax rebate averaging $1,200 under Christie's plan.

Christie's proposed $29.3 billion budget would also increase the hospital bed tax.

The Assembly panel also plans to review the Environmental Protection Department's budget.

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