NEWS: Out-of-Network Bill Passes Assembly

The New Jersey General Assembly passed A-3378, the so-called Out of Network reform bill, along party lines earlier this week.  While many legislators continued to express concerns over the legislation’s impact on providers, its sponsors, Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D – Passaic) and Assemblywoman Grace Spenser (D – Essex), were able to prevail upon their caucus to get the minimum 41 votes needed for final passage.

The bill, as it stands today, would prohibit the waiver of copays and deductibles with some exceptions, require physicians to discuss their network status and charges with patients prior to the delivery of care, and require insurers to provide information about benefits on their websites.  MSNJ, while agreeing that transparency will ultimately be beneficial to healthcare consumers, is committed to addressing the legislation’s many imperfections as the process moves forward.  The bill has been received in the Senate and referred to the Commerce Committee, which is also considering its Senate counterpart,   S-2372 (Vitale, D – Middlesex).

Click here for the latest version of A-3378.

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About MSNJ

Founded in 1766, the Medical Society of New Jersey is the oldest professional society in the United States. The organization and its dues-paying members are dedicated to a healthy New Jersey, working to ensure the sanctity of the physician–patient relationship. In representing all medical disciplines, MSNJ advocates for the rights of patients and physicians alike, for the delivery of the highest quality medical care. This allows response to the patients’ individual, varied needs, in an ethical and compassionate environment, in order to create a healthy Garden State and healthy citizens.

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