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New Jersey Bill Would Create State-Run Health Plan

New Jersey bill would create public option.
New Jersey Bill Would Create State-Run Health Plan

Assemblyman Reed Gusciora

October 12, 2016

A New Jersey Assemblyman has introduced a bill which would create a state government-operated health insurance plan that would compete with private health plans. The New Jersey Public Option Health Care Act (A 4211) is sponsored by Democratic Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, who dubbed it JerseyCare.

Under the bill, the Commissioner of Health would establish and implement the program, which would provide a comprehensive health insurance option to every enrolled state resident. The health insurance coverage offered under the program would compete in the private health insurance market, Gusciora said. The Commissioner of Health would establish premiums to would make the plan viable at the lowest possible cost.

Gusciora said his proposal would not replace the traditional health insurance structure, it would create an affordable alternative within the existing system. “It would be the ultimate Medicare expansion,” he said. Ward Sanders, president of the New Jersey Association of Health Plans, told Best’s News Service the bill leaves a lot of questions to be answered. “It seems to require the state to stand up an insurance company all on its own,” he said.