Summer 2018
Vol 116.1

NJ POLITICAL ACTION

Murphy Signs Individual Health Care Mandate Law

By Daniel J. Munoz

Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law a bill that would require New Jersey residents to have health coverage or pay a penalty, making it the second state to enact an individual mandate, after Massachusetts.

 

The law, signed by Murphy on Wednesday, would essentially adopt the rules of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

 

It was drafted by Democratic lawmakers after the Republican-led Congress did away with the national mandate, fearing it would drive up premiums and depress health insurance enrollment in the state.

 

“The federal tax law recently adopted by President Trump included the upcoming repeal of the individual mandate. The consequences of that decision will usher in an era of higher health insurance costs for everyone and lower coverage rates,” said Senator Troy Singleton, D-7th District, who sponsored the Senate version, Senate Bill 1877.

 

The law goes into effect Jan. 1, or in roughly seven months, and at the same time that the federal individual mandate is slated to end.

 

New Jersey residents without insurance would have to pay a penalty mirroring the ones put in place under the ACA prior to the repeal.

Under the mandate New Jersey residents without insurance will have to pay a penalty mirroring the ones put in place under the ACA, prior to the Federal repeal.

Reprinted with permission from NJBIZ.com

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