TRENTON – The chaotic roll-out of the Affordable Care Act has spurred a lawmaker to schedule a hearing to help victimized consumers.
Sen. Nia H. Gill will convene a hearing of the Commerce Committee she chairs on Dec. 5 concerning those who will be at risk if insurers cease selling non-conforming polices next year.
“This is an important decision that could affect 800,000 New Jerseyans whose health insurance plans are set to end on Jan. 1, as well as impact the overall insurance market in our state,” said Gill.
“This is certainly a matter that cannot be taken lightly or without public discussion by the decision makers. We hope to hear from (Banking and Insurance) Commissioner (Ken) Kobylowski on how this option will affect the residents of our state. The hearing will also provide an opportunity for experts to weigh in.”
The issue is one of many controversial aspects of the ACA roll-out that has turned into a national debacle.
Democratic lawmakers such as Gill were critical of Gov. Chris Christie’s decision not to enact a state-run health care exchange, choosing instead to let the federal government operate it. When the ACA became full of problems, the administration said it was right not to enact its own exchange.
Under changes set out by Washington, D.C., this month, insurance companies would continue to market health plans despite the fact they would not comply with the ACA.
The hearing will be in Rm. 6 of the Statehouse Annex at 1 p.m.