Gill wants health exchange oversight in place

TRENTON – Since Gov. Chris Christie declined to have the state participate in the health exchange program, one senator wants to ensure there at least is state oversight.

Sen. Nia Gill, D-34, Montclair, introduced SCR144, which would set up a task force to oversee recommendations for the exchange under the Affordable Care Act.

Christie elected to have the federal government run the exchange as opposed to having a state-run or state/federal partnership.

“With hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans expected to purchase health insurance on the exchange, we have to be sure that the unique health care needs of our residents are met,” Gill said in a release.

“In order to do that, we must ensure that we have a mechanism in place to oversee the process and provide input on the appropriate role of the state as we move forward.”

Among other things, the “Joint Legislative Task Force on Health Insurance Exchange Implementation” would also study the scope of the state’s role in health insurance exchange operations to ensure that the state benefits to the maximum extent practicable.

In addition, the panel would make recommendations to ensure a coordinated effort among state agencies, health care providers, third-party providers and the federal government. Gill wants health exchange oversight in place