Bill Text: NJ A3843 | 2020-2021 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Requires health insurance and Medicaid coverage for testing of coronavirus disease 2019 and for telemedicine and telehealth during coronavirus disease 2019 state of emergency.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 25-10)

Status: (Passed) 2020-03-20 - Approved P.L.2020, c.7. [A3843 Detail]

Download: New_Jersey-2020-A3843-Introduced.html

ASSEMBLY, No. 3843

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

219th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED MARCH 16, 2020

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman  JOHN F. MCKEON

District 27 (Essex and Morris)

Assemblyman  JON M. BRAMNICK

District 21 (Morris, Somerset and Union)

Assemblywoman  ANNETTE CHAPARRO

District 33 (Hudson)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman DiMaso, Assemblymen Conaway, Chiaravalloti, Assemblywomen Jasey, Timberlake, Reynolds-Jackson, McKnight, Chaparro Downey, Swain, Assemblymen Zwicker, Benson, Assemblywoman Quijano, Assemblymen Freiman, Giblin, Assemblywoman Carter, Assemblyman Mejia and Assemblywoman Jimenez

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Requires health insurance and Medicaid coverage for testing of coronavirus disease 2019 and for telemedicine and telehealth during coronavirus disease 2019 state of emergency.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act concerning health insurance and Medicaid coverage and coronavirus disease 2019 and supplementing P.L.1968, c.413 (C.30:4D-1 et seq.) and P.L.1997, c.192 (C.26:2S-1 et seq.).

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    a.  During the Public Health Emergency and State of Emergency declared by the Governor in Executive Order 103 of 2020, the State Medicaid and NJ FamilyCare programs shall provide coverage and payment for expenses incurred in:

     (1)   the testing for coronavirus disease 2019, provided that a licensed medical practitioner has issued a medical order for that testing; and

     (2)   the delivery of health care services through telemedicine or telehealth in accordance with the provisions of P.L.2017, c.117 (C.45:1-61 et al.).

     b.    The coverage shall be provided to the same extent as for any other health care services, except that no cost-sharing shall be imposed on the coverage provided pursuant to this section.

     c.     The Commissioner of Human Services shall apply for such State plan amendments or waivers as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this act and to secure federal financial participation for State Medicaid expenditures under the federal Medicaid program.

 

     2.    a.  During the Public Health Emergency and State of Emergency declared by the Governor in Executive Order 103 of 2020, a carrier that offers a health benefits plan in this State shall provide coverage and payment for expenses incurred in:

     (1)   the testing of coronavirus disease 2019, provided that a health care professional in accordance with the provisions of P.L.2017, c.117 (C.45:1-61 et al.) has issued a medical order for the testing; and

     (2)   any health care services delivered to a covered person through telemedicine or telehealth in accordance with the provisions of P.L.2017, c.117 (C.45:1-61 et al.).

     b.    The coverage shall be provided to the same extent as for any other health care services under the health benefits plan, except that no cost-sharing shall be imposed on the coverage provided pursuant to this section.

     c.     As used in this section, "carrier," means an insurance company, health service corporation, hospital service corporation, medical service corporation, or health maintenance organization authorized to issue health benefits plans in this State, and shall include the State Health Benefits Program and the School Employees' Health Benefits Program.

     3.    This act shall take effect immediately and shall apply to all health benefits plans currently in effect in the State, or that are delivered, issued, executed or renewed in this State, or approved for issuance or renewal in this State by the Commissioner of Banking and Insurance, on or after the effective date of this act.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill requires health insurance carriers (health, hospital and medical service corporations, health maintenance organizations and insurance companies), as well as the State and School Employees' Health Benefits Programs and the State Medicaid program, to provide coverage for expenses incurred in:

     (1)   the testing for coronavirus disease 2019, provided that a licensed medical practitioner has issued a medical order for that testing; and

     (2)   the delivery of health care services through telemedicine or telehealth in accordance with the provisions of P.L.2017, c.117 (C.45:1-61 et al.).

     The requirements of the bill remain in effect during the Public Health Emergency and State of Emergency declared by the Governor in Executive Order 103 of 2020.

     The bill requires the coverage to be provided to the same extent as for any other services under the health benefits plan, except that no cost-sharing may be imposed on the coverage provided pursuant to the bill.

     The bill takes effect immediately and applies to all health benefit plans currently in effect in the State, or that are delivered, issued, executed or renewed in this State, or approved for issuance or renewal in this State by the Commissioner of Banking and Insurance, on or after the effective date of the bill.

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