TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Ron Dancer seeks to stop corrupt businesses from selling their services to those seeking public assistance with new legislation (A2262).
The bill responds to a recent lawsuit filed by the state Attorney General’s Office against two owners of a Lakewood business that charged customers for advice on how to apply for, and become eligible for, Medicaid benefits. Advanta Medicaid Specialists allegedly charged between $3,000 and $9,000 for the assistance and never delivered on refund promises when customers failed to qualify for Medicaid.
“Those who were ripped off by these deceitful business owners are those that need the help the most,” said Dancer (R-Ocean). “We have to protect our most vulnerable and ensure this doesn’t happen again. This bill will help put these for-profit companies that prey on the weak out of business.”
Dancer’s bill will require prospective clients to sign a written notice that informs them of the free support available at county welfare agencies before agreeing to pay for services to help them receive public assistance.
The bill was referred to the Assembly Health Committee.