Surprise medical bills from out-of-network healthcare providers now cost some 168,000 New Jersey residents roughly $400 million a year and have added more than $900 million to insurance claims for public workers in 2015 alone — a tab picked up by state taxpayers.
Efforts to reform this process date back more than seven years; surprise bills were the second most heavily lobbied issue in Trenton this year, after the state budget. A half-dozen states have adopted laws to overhaul out-of-network billing, but New Jersey has postponed further debate until sometime in 2017.
Join NJ Spotlight January 27 when a panel of legislative and industry leaders will gather to discuss the issue and possible public-policy solutions. Panelists will address how out-of-network charges further exacerbate healthcare costs; the need for greater transparency between payers and providers; concerns about the long-term impact of reform on access to care; and the role lawmakers have played in trying to balance the needs of multiple constituents. We will focus on what reform would really mean for New Jersey’s healthcare system.
When: Friday, January 27, 2017, 8:30-11 a.m.
Where: The War Memorial, George Washington Ballroom
1 Memorial Drive, Trenton, N.J.
Admission is free, but registration is required. Continental breakfast will be served.
Maura Collinsgru, Healthcare Program Director, New Jersey Citizen Action
Neil Eicher, Vice President of Government Relations & Policy, New Jersey Hospital Association
Larry Lewis Jr., Director, Government Affairs, Aetna
Linda Schwimmer, President and CEO, New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute
Sen. Joseph Vitale (D-Middlesex), New Jersey State Legislature
The panel will be moderated by Lilo Stainton, Healthcare Writer, NJ Spotlight.
Additional speakers will be announced as confirmed.