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  • NJ A833
  • Requires hospital employees assist uninsured patients with creating account to apply for insurance coverage through Federally-Facilitated Marketplace.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(1/27/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would require that designated hospital employees who have satisfied certain training requirements assist uninsured patients to create an account for the patient to access the Federally-Facilitated Marketplace established pursuant to the federal "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," Pub.L.111-148, as amended by the federal "Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010," Pub.L.111-152, also known as "Obamacare." The designated employee would be required to provide additional information concerning the Federally-Facilitated Marketplace and, if authorized to do so, may also assist the patient with obtaining health insurance through the Federally-Facilitated Marketplace. Prior to a patient's discharge from a hospital, the designated employee would interview the patient, or the patient's family member or guardian if the patient is unavailable, to determine whether the patient has health insurance coverage and to obtain documentation of any coverage. If it is determined that the patient does not have insurance coverage, the designated hospital employee would assist the patient to create an account enabling the patient to access the Federally-Facilitated Marketplace website. If the patient's request for care occurs during the open enrollment period for purchasing health insurance through the Federally-Facilitated Marketplace, the employee may, to the extent permitted by law, assist the patient with registering an account with the Marketplace website. If the employee is registered as a Navigator, Certified Application Counselor, or is otherwise permitted by State and federal law to assist individuals in enrolling in a health insurance plan, the employee would offer assistance to the patient in applying for potential subsidies and enrolling in a qualified health plan of the patient's choice. An employee not designated to provide assistance in enrollment would be permitted to refer the patient to an appropriate staff member or entity to continue the enrollment process. If the patient's request for care does not occur during the open enrollment period, if the designated employee is not registered or permitted by law or is otherwise unable to provide such assistance, if the patient chooses not to purchase insurance through the Federally-Facilitated Marketplace, or if the patient does not obtain insurance through the Marketplace for any other reason, the designated employee would provide the patient, family member, or guardian with information about resources available to assist the patient in navigating the Marketplace website, purchasing health insurance through the Marketplace, and the dates of the next open enrollment period. If it is determined during the patient's discharge interview that the patient is eligible for New Jersey FamilyCare, the designated employee would assist the patient in beginning enrollment into the FamilyCare program using the State's presumptive eligibility process. If the employee is unable to assist in the enrollment process, or if the patient does not wish to begin the process at the time of the interview, the employee would provide the patient with the appropriate information on the FamilyCare program.
Health and Senior Services
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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