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Posted on: July 30, 2020

Legislation Requiring Health Insurance Annual Assessment Advances

Legislation that would require certain entities authorized to issue health benefits plan to annually pay an assessment of 2.75% of the entity’s’ net written premiums was amended and released from committee and now await consideration by the Assembly Appropriations Committee and Senate Budget Committee, respectively. A-4389/S-2676 applies only to entities subject to section 9010 of the Affordable Care Act and may be subject to an assessment by the State. The assessment will be used to increase affordability in individual and small group markets and provide greater access to health insurance to the uninsured, including minors, through a number of ways including subsidies, reinsurance, tax policies, outreach and enrollment efforts, buy-in programs, such as the NJ FamilyCare Advantage Program, or any other efforts that can increase affordability for small employers and individual policyholders in those markets. As introduced, it appears that the bill does not apply to local governments. We are currently reviewing committee amendments to confirm if that is the case. We will continue to provide you with additional updates.

Contact: Lori Buckelew, Assistant Executive Director, lbuckelew@njlm.org, 609-695-3481 x112.

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