Archive for Tag: health insurance

Dancer calls for policyholders, not executives, to reap windfall benefits

TRENTON, N.J. – Revenues generated from a mutual holding company, now Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, should go toward reducing health insurance costs for policyholders and not lining the pockets of executives. Assemblyman Ron Dancer has introduced a constitutional amendment that, if passed, would ensure policyholders...

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Assembly advances Peterson legislation protecting taxpayer funded Covid-19 health services

TRENTON, N.J. – In an effort to preserve the limited public funds dedicated to counties for Covid-19 testing, diagnosis and treatment, the Assembly voted to advance a bill sponsored by Assemblyman Erik Peterson Thursday. The bill (A5215) allows counties to access state data to determine if an individual has...

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Dancer proposes constitutionally dedicating Horizon payments to reduce premiums for policyholders

TRENTON, N.J. – The $1.25 billion Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey must pay New Jersey over the next 18 years needs to be used to reduce premiums, says Assemblyman Ron Dancer. The lawmaker recently introduced a constitutional amendment to guarantee lower health insurance costs for policyholders....

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Rooney spotlights New Jersey’s small business health insurance crisis induced by the coronavirus

TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey’s struggling small businesses have prioritized paying for employee health insurance premiums as the country faced its biggest public health crisis in modern history. Now small employers who purchase insurance through Members Health Plan NJ are looking at a 5.5 percent monthly Covid surcharge –...

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Horizon’s payoff to the state should be dedicated to affordable health care, says Wirths

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Hal Wirths questioned why the $600 million going to the state in the Horizon bill (A5119) is not being used to lower costs for customers. “If Horizon is a nonprofit and has that much money leftover in the first place, premiums and rates should be...

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DePhillips introduces legislation requiring insurance coverage for mental health screenings

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips recently introduced a bill (A376) that would require health insurance coverage for annual mental health screenings. “We all know someone who has suffered with mental illness. With suicide rates on the rise among teenagers, veterans, and seniors, we must do more to eliminate...

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Bill allows New Jerseyans to cross state lines to save on insurance coverage

TRENTON, N.J. – Insurance options for New Jersey consumers remain limited and costly.  Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce wants to allow residents to purchase policies from any other state in the country. “Trenton tells us to shop around for the right coverage, but the choices are few and far between and...

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