TRENTON, N.J. – A bill that would require the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services to accept permanent change of station orders to establish residency for military dependents passed the General Assembly Thursday.
Assemblyman Ron Dancer’s bill (S875/A2256) codifies existing regulations that require residency be established so special needs dependents of military personnel can receive home- and community-based services reimbursed through Medicaid, usually as secondary insurance to TRICARE.
“Military personnel lose Medicaid benefits with relocation, which happens every 18 months to three years, and they must reapply for those benefits,” Dancer (R-Ocean) said. “I want to ensure that military members’ dependents can continue to receive any care they are entitled to under Medicaid rules, as seamlessly as possible.”
The bill is part of Dancer’s continuing efforts to make New Jersey as hospitable as possible to members of the military and their families.
The bill now goes to the governor’s desk for signing.