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  • donated 2018-04-06 14:57:26 -0400

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    The New Jersey Doctor-Patient Alliance unites patients and their doctors in a mission to promote access to quality, affordable health care in New Jersey. Our efforts are to bring transparency to the insurance marketplace, prevent surprise medical bills, and halt the exodus of medical expertise from the State of New Jersey.

    Your donation will help our organization continue to educate the public about the impact of legislation on patients.

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  • commented on You've been smacked with $1B in surprise medical bills, Jersey. Now lawmakers are acting. 2018-03-07 20:39:59 -0500
    Let’s call it like it is. Our state legislative representatives who support this bill are getting paid off by the insurance companies to get this bill passed. Unnecessary lives lost due to lack of specialty emergency lifesaving surgery is of no concern to those supporting this bill. This bill reeks of corruption by government leaders and insurance companies. Anyone who does not see that is blind.

  • commented on Tell your legislators to oppose Out-of-Network Consumer Protection, Transparency, Cost Containment and Accountability Act (A2039/S485) 2018-03-03 14:34:36 -0500
    As a registered nurse for over 30 years and a health insurance consumer I am professionally and personally obligated to say this bill, if passed will guarantee lives lost in every emergency room in the state of New Jersey. Our legislative leaders have an obligation to the citizens of New Jersey to redirect their energies and start exposing the real problem. The corruption inside the walls of the insurance companies is unconscionable. All of the insurance companies use unethical, strategic tactics to significantly under reimburse every claim submitted. They steal money from consumers and providers every single day and get away with it. And they have been doing so for years. My statements are supported with detailed, consistent documentation. The only way this will be resolved and assure quality healthcare in New Jersey is to hold those responsible who are strategically and intentionally attempting to dismantle out of network. Wake up New Jersey. Make it your business to know the facts. Before it is too late and lives are lost, possibly yours and/or your loved ones.

  • followed Tell Your Story 2017-06-29 02:43:08 -0400

    Tell Your story

    As a patient, you know how important your relationship is with your doctor.

    But the health insurance conglomerates that put profit over patients don't care about the relationship you've established with your physician.

    If your doctor is not in their network, tough luck. They think doctors are interchangeable.

    You know they aren't.

    We want to hear your story about how important it is to keep your doctor. Become a volunteer

  • Save my access to doctors in New Jersey

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    The current threat

    The New Jersey legislature is now considering a bill called the "Out-of-Network Consumer Protection, Transparency, Cost Containment and Accountability Act."

    Supporters claim the bill will save the state money and end "surprise bills" for consumers. But in fact, any concern for an actual patient in this bill is conspicuously absent from its 27-pages of text.

    Don't be fooled. New Jersey bill A2039/S485 is nothing more than an insurance-industry effort to limit your healthcare choices in exchange for padding their companies' already-bloated bottom lines and adding zeros to the already-egregious salaries of their front-office executives.

    If signed into law, this bill will strip many New Jersey hospitals of their critical emergency care specialists by way of price-fixing all emergency doctors' reimbursements to below-market rates.

    Skilled and experienced surgeons who currently elect to be "on-call" at New Jersey's local hospitals 24/7, including every weekend and holiday, might no longer be available to take care of our community at large, regardless of insurance status. Such a shift will leave New Jerseyans of all socioeconomic levels vulnerable to delays in medical treatment during life-threatening emergencies.

    Will insurance premiums really go down?

    Some supporters of this bill have promised lower premiums for consumers. But will that actually happen?

    The answer is NO. This case has already been proven in New Jersey's own small business insurance marketplace. In 2017, out-of-network reimbursements for these insurance plans were dropped all the way to Medicare-level rates, yet premiums continued to skyrocket over 10 percent across the board.

    In fact, states like California, Illinois, and Maryland among others, have already fallen victim to the insurance lobby's false promises of lower insurance premiums by way of price-fixing physician reimbursements. Yet time after time, consumers in these states have faced continually skyrocketing premiums, unrestrained.

    Why is this the case? Because physician salaries represent only a small fraction (approximately 8 percent) of all healthcare spending. Put another way, even if physicians were paid nothing, costs would continue to spiral out of control.


    What are the REAL solutions?

    Surprise medical bills are a problem, and arise when insurance companies don't live up to their end of the bargain by NOT paying reasonable medical claims, even after their subscribers have already paid their ever-rising premiums and out-of-pocket deductibles.

    If you would like to see REAL reform, please join us and sign our petition below. Tell New Jersey politicians and insurance companies to stop trying to take away the healthcare safety net from our local emergency rooms.


    Let's instead promote policies like:

    • New Jersey Senate Bill 791, which the New Jersey Doctor Patient Alliance supports because it will protect patients against surprise bills while preserving access to doctors.

    • Pricing transparency on the part of the insurance companies, hospitals, and physicians.

    • Capping out-of-pocket deductibles to no more than $5,000 total, per family, per year, no matter what insurance plan you choose.

    • Allowing sophisticated independent financial audits of all insurers who do business in the state of New Jersey. 

    Make your voice heard and email your legislator.

    805 signatures

    I am signing this petition because I want to keep skilled and experienced surgeons available in my local emergency room.

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  • signed Petition to the Governor 2017-06-30 18:47:02 -0400

    Petition to the Governor

    9 signatures

    Governor Christie, please restore my access to the doctors I trust by reversing the unfair Small Employer Health Board ruling that effectively eliminated my Out-of-Network benefits.

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