It's Section 76 of the landmark New Jersey public employees' pension and benefits reform bill.
It's the part about out-of-state hospitals and medical facilities.
And it's cause for concern.
This provision severely limit or restricts the ability of plan participants to use an out-of-state hospital or medical facility. It attempts to keep medical care for plan participants entirely in New Jersey.
The New Jersey State Legislature is acting on this legislation today and Thursday., The bill is fast-tracked.
Call or e-mail your legislative representative in the state Assembly and.or Senate. Click here to find the appropriate anme, phone number and e-mail address of your representative. Tell them to elminate this provision so that freedom of choice is preserved.
New Jerseyans do not hesitate to cross state lines -- frequently. We cross state lines for entertainment, enrichment, shopping, sports, socializing -- and yes, medical care. We should not be restricted to only certain doctors and certain hospitals within certain boundaries?
This is America. We have a federal system of United States. We move about freely. We don't need at passport to cross state lines. And we shouldn't be geographically restricted when we want the best medical care.
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