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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Media Release: Feds Announce 2 Day Extension For Consumers Seeking Health Coverage Effective January 1

Media Release:  Feds Announce 2 Day Extension For Consumers Seeking Health Coverage Effective January 1

Highland Park, NJ – NJ for Health Care coalition partners working to educate New Jersey consumers on health options available to them under the Affordable Care Act were pleased with the announcement that consumers will have two additional days to enroll in order to be covered on the first day of the New Year.

HHS announced the deadline to sign up for January 1 coverage has been extended to 11:59pm PST December 17 due to unprecedented traffic on, Healthcare.gov.  This extension is specific to states that …

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Don’t let them put profits over patients

Last Thursday the New Jersey Senate failed health care consumers.

Just two days after a report that Bayonne Medical Center charged a New Jersey man $17,000 to stitch a 2-inch cut, the Out-of-Network Consumer Protection Act had to be pulled by the bill’s sponsor when it became clear that key Democrats on the Senate Commerce Committee were going to join with Republicans to oppose the bill. The Committee played into the hands of special interests in the health care industry at the expense of ordinary New …

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Media Release: NJ for Health Care Coalition Applauds Assembly Financial Institutions & Insurance Committee for Advancing Strong Bill to Protect Consumers from Surprise Medical Bills

Media Release: NJ for Health Care Coalition Applauds Assembly Financial Institutions & Insurance Committee for Advancing Strong Bill to Protect Consumers from Surprise Medical Bills

Trenton, NJ – Members of the NJ for Health Care Coalition, a diverse collection of organizations which represent health care consumers, applauded the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee for advancing a strong bill to protect consumers from Surprise Medical Bills.  The bill passed by a majority vote.

Current state law protects consumers in fully insured plans from being held responsible for an out-of-network charge in an emergency situation.  Bill A444, “Out-of-Network Consumer Protection, Transparency, Cost Containment and Accountability Act,” expands that protection to …

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