"BioNJ applauds the Governor in his action today to protect the Affordable Care Act and the Legislators who sponsored the legislation to protect its provisions. The Affordable Care Act has provided a pathway for millions of Americans to secure health insurance and to be able to access the care and the therapies that they need. This is a banner day for New Jersey as the Governor and the Legislature lead the way on this critical front."
Governor Murphy Signs Legislative Package Protecting the Affordable Care Act in New Jersey
Governor Phil Murphy today signed a package of bills to safeguard the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in New Jersey. The bills, which will codify into state law the basic protections for health care consumers that are part of the Affordable Care Act, include protections for no-cost preventative care and contraception, prohibit exclusions for pre-existing conditions, allow children to stay on their parents' plan until age 26, and incorporate mental health and maternity care as part of essential benefits, among others. The Governor highlighted the importance of these bills during an armchair discussion with Hackensack Meridian Health Chief Executive Officer Bob Garret.
"At a time when the Affordable Care Act is under siege by the Trump Administration and being challenged in the courts, New Jersey has a responsibility to protect and provide access to high-quality, affordable health care for all of our residents," said Governor Murphy. "I applaud my colleagues in the Legislature for taking the critical steps necessary to ensure that the provisions of the Affordable Health Care Act are codified into state law and for working to make the health of our residents a top priority."
Click here for the official press release from the Governor's office.
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