Categorized | News Release

Senator Vitale Statement on Out-of-Network Bill

News Release 11/23/15

TRENTON – Senator Joseph F. Vitale, chair of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee, issued the following statement on the advancement of the Out-of-network Consumer Protection, Transparency, Cost Containment and Accountability Act, a bill he is sponsoring. The bill, an Assembly Committee Substitute for A-4444/S-20, which advanced through the Assembly Finance and Insurance Committee today, aims to promote transparency and advance consumer protection by requiring full disclosure of out-of-network health care charges.

“Over the past few months, we have engaged in vigorous conversations with various stakeholders, including members of the insurance and hospital industries and consumer and business groups, who are just as committed as I am to ensuring New Jersey’s health care consumers are protected and don’t fall into the trap of inadvertent out-of-network use and balance billing.

Along with my Assembly counterparts sponsoring the bill, I am now confident that we have a piece of legislation that will advance through both houses before the end of this legislative session that eliminates surprise out-of-network health care charges and provides greater transparency, full disclosure, and ultimately consumer protection for New Jersey residents.

“People are being forced to choose between paying off medical bills that they never expected to receive or paying their necessary everyday expenses like rent, mortgage, and food. It’s not a fair choice to have to make.

“New Jersey consumers need to know what they’re getting into, before non-emergent out-of-network medical services are provided, so they can make informed choices rather than being arm-wrestled into damaging debt.”

Comments are closed.

Browse Current Issue - Click Here

Perth Amboy Calendar

MON. Jan 22
• City Council, Caucus,
4:30 p.m.
City Hall, High St.

WED. Jan 24
• City Council, Regular,
7 p.m.
City Hall, High St.

THURS. Jan 25
• Historic Preservation Commission
7 p.m.
City Hall, High St.

MON. Jan 29
• Special Public Meeting, RE: Discussion of Rezoning Ordinance
6 p.m.
City Hall, High St.

 

Stay informed! Attend public meetings. All are welcome!

South Amboy Calendar

WED. Jan. 31
• City Council, Regular,
7 p.m.
City Hall, N. Broadway

WED. Feb. 7
• City Council, Business,
6 p.m.
City Hall, N. Broadway

Stay informed! Attend public meetings. All are welcome!