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Posted on: June 1, 2018

Laws Signed Week of May 28

Governor Murphy signed the following bills of interest into law this week: 

i. Out-of-Network Bill Signed into Law
Governor Murphy has signed into law A-2039, the “Out-of-network Consumer Protection, Transparency, Cost Containment and Accountability Act.” This law, which will take effect August 30, 2018, reforms various aspects of the health care delivery system in New Jersey to increase transparency in pricing for health care services, enhance consumer protections, create an arbitration system to resolve certain health care billing disputes, and contain rising costs associated with out-of-network health care services. The League supported this legislation as it is anticipated that these reforms will decrease out-of-network charges which may result in annual cost savings to the State Health Benefits Program, the School Employees’ Health Benefits Programs, and health benefit plans offered by local units.

Contact: Lori Buckelew, Senior Legislative Analyst, lbuckelew@njslom.org, 609-695-3481, Ext. 112.


ii. New Jersey Health Insurance Market Preservation Act

Governor Murphy signed into law A-3380, the “New Jersey Health Insurance Market Preservation Act.” This law, which takes effect January 1, 2019, requires each taxpayer to have ‘minimum essential coverage’ health insurance. Otherwise, they will have to pay the state shared responsibility tax penalty. The funds collected through the penalty are to be deposited into the New Jersey Health Insurance Premium Security Fund. If the Department of Banking and Insurance does not establish a health insurance reinsurance plan then funds are to be deposited in the Health Care Subsidy Fund to improve and expand children’s health insurance in the NJ FamilyCare Program and maximize federal funding.
Contact: Lori Buckelew, Senior Legislative Analyst, lbuckelew@njslom.org, 609-695-3481, Ext. 112.


iii. UEZ Bill Signed


On Wednesday, Governor Murphy signed S-846 into law, reinstating and extending incentives for business that agree to locate and hire in municipalities enduring chronic economic hardships. The new law amends the Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) statute to allow businesses in five municipalities–Bridgeton, Camden, Newark, Plainfield, and Trenton–to re-qualify for UEZ benefits. UEZ authorization for those businesses had been allowed to expire on January 1, 2017.
The new law extends UEZ benefits to businesses in these, and other qualifying municipalities until December 31, 2023. The bill also directs the Department of Community Affairs to commission a study of the UEZ program and to recommend to the Legislature appropriate refinements or replacements.
We thank the Governor for this action, and we appreciate the commitment of the sponsors: Senators Shirley Turner and Nilsa Cruz-Perez and Assemblymembers Eliana Pintor Marin, Raj Mukherji, Reed Gusciora, Patricia Egan Jones, and Shavonda E. Sumter.
Contact: Jon Moran, Senior Legislative Analyst, jmoran@njslom.org, 609-695-3481, Ext. 121.

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