Labor, Business, and Consumer Groups Call On NJ Legislative Leaders to Pass the Out-of-Network Consumer Protection Bill

Labor, Business, and Consumer Groups Call On NJ Legislative Leaders to Pass the Out-of-Network Consumer Protection Bill

A letter signed by 34 groups, including major health care consumer groups, unions and employers who provide coverage for their members and employees, was sent today to Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Senate President Stephen Sweeney. The groups call on both leaders to support the Out-of-Network Consumer Protection, Cost Containment, Transparency and Accountability Act (A1952/S1285) that has been stalled in the legislature.

Maura Collinsgru, Health Care Program Director for New Jersey Citizen Action said, “We are frustrated by the rhetoric of those who say we must …

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Consumer Coalition Issues New Report on the Huge Cost of Surprise Out-of-Network Bills

National Consumer and Business Groups Join NJ Advocates To Call on Legislators to Protect Consumers, Reign in Costs of Surprise Medical Bills

Highland Park, NJ – New Jersey Policy Perspective and the NJ for Health Care Coalition, a diverse collection of organizations which represent health care consumers, released a report today that illustrates the huge fiscal impact that surprise out-of-network bills are having on consumers and health care costs in New Jersey.

The report estimates 168,000 New Jerseyans receive out-of-network medical bills each year, with the total …

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One Last Chance to Stop a Budget Busting Deal

One Last Chance to Stop a Budget Busting Deal

In the early hours of Tuesday morning the New Jersey Assembly passed Chris Christie’s incredibly irresponsible gas tax deal that would blow a nearly $2 billion hole in the budget.

The alternative, which the Senate is considering, would blow a nearly $1 billion dollar hole in the budget, and giving a huge windfall to the inheritors of the wealthiest 4000 estates.

Both of these deals would cost our state billions and billions in revenue in the coming years that we simply cannot afford and cause painful program …

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Advocates for Low and Middle Income New Jerseyans Oppose the Sales Tax Deal, Fear Painful Cuts

Today, 25 groups who advocate for low and middle income New Jerseyans sent a letter to the members of the New Jersey Senate opposing Governor Christie’s and the Assembly’s Transportation Trust Fund (TTF)/ sales tax deal. These groups, along with New Jersey Citizen Action, remember the painful budget cuts that Christie imposed in 2010. The cuts that this TTF/ sales tax deal would necessitate would be similarly painful.

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Dear Senator,

We are writing to urge you to oppose the tax deal (A12) which the Assembly passed early …

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CFPB National Payday Lending Rule Has Potential Pitfalls for New Jersey

CFPB National Payday Lending Rule Has Potential Pitfalls for New Jersey

NJCA:  CFPB Rule Needs Work, Poses Problems for States with Stronger Laws

New Jersey Citizen Action (NJCA) hails the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issuing a proposed national rule, which attempts to eliminate abusive payday and car title lending.  NJCA, however, urges the Bureau to issue a final rule without loophole. The proposed rule does not require an ability-to-repay assessment for all payday loans, which could undermine the strong state usury and other consumer protection laws in place in New Jersey. It also fails to provide explicit reinforcement of …

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Make Pay Equity a Reality

Make Pay Equity a Reality

Statement of Dena Mottola Jaborska

Associate Director of New Jersey Citizen Action: 

Make Pay Equity a Reality

 

Two days before Presidential candidate Trump will come to New Jersey to help Chris Christie raise money and retire his campaign debt, Dena Mottola Jaborska of New Jersey Citizen Action joined with Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, advocates for women, and other female New Jersey Senators to rally for a way to make equal pay a reality in New Jersey.

“Pay equity was a dream …

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Stand With Women, Stand Up to Chris Christie

Stand With Women, Stand Up to Chris Christie

Chris Christie took out his veto pen and gutted the NJ Pay Equity Act – turning his back on women across the state. With Christie’s changes, what’s left of the bill isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on.

Will you join us today in calling on every member of the NJ Legislature to override the Governor’s veto and help make the NJ Pay Equity Act law in our state?

Women in NJ still earn less than men, 80 cents on the dollar. Women of color earn substantially …

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Governor Should Sign the NJ Pay Equity Bill Today, National Pay Equity Day

Governor Should Sign the NJ Pay Equity Bill Today, National Pay Equity Day

Statement of NJCA Associate Director, Dena Mottola Jaborska

Today is once again National Pay Equity Day. The day each year when we are reminded how far into the year women in this country have to work to achieve pay equity with men. According to the National Women’s Law Center, New Jersey women earn only 80.4 cents for every dollar their male counterparts earn. Pay inequity is even worse for African American women in New Jersey who earn just 58 cents on the dollar earned by …

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#LeadFreeKidsNJ Campaign Celebrates Victory in Governor Christie’s Announcement on Lead Abatement Funding

#LeadFreeKidsNJ Campaign Celebrates Victory in Governor Christie’s Announcement on Lead Abatement Funding

Trenton, NJ – Today in a State House Press Conference Governor Christie announced $10 million in the FY2016 budget for lead containment and abatement programs for low and moderate income New Jerseyans, in a huge victory for the #LeadFreeKidsNJ Campaign.

“The $10 million in lead abatement funding that Governor Christie announced today is the minimum our children and families have deserved for the past six years,” said Ann Vardeman, Program Director at New Jersey Citizen Action. “Over 18,000 children have been poisoned by lead since Governor Christie took office, …

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Women and Progressive Groups Take Action, Demand Pay Equity At State House Action Day

Women and Progressive Groups Take Action, Demand Pay Equity At State House Action Day

Trenton – The NJ Time to Care Coalition today held a Women’s Pay Equity Action Day at the State House to rally support for the New Jersey Pay Equity Act (A2750/S992, Lampitt/ Weinberg). The bill is posted for a vote in the Assembly today, and has already passed the Senate with bi-partisan support.

“The Time to Care Coalition is proud to bring together New Jersey’s leading groups and advocates who care about New Jersey women, to demand an end to gender based pay discrimination. The bill …

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