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New Jersey Association of Health Plans Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision

Trenton, NJ, June 28, 2012

Wardell Sanders, President of the New Jersey Association of Health Plans, reacted today to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on challenges to federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

“Today’s decision means that health plans will continue their work on implementing the upcoming provisions of the law, including the establishment of a health exchange in New Jersey. We have already been working as a community of plans to prepare for an exchange regardless of what the implementing authority for such an exchange looks like, so that we are better prepared as an industry to serve New Jersey consumers.” Sanders added, “It’s definitely nose to the grindstone time.”

Sanders noted that, “Many of the law’s most salient consumer provisions were present in New Jersey law well before passage of the ACA. The ACA has improved access by expanding coverage to millions of Americans and many New Jerseyans, but elements of the law will raise costs, which still must be addressed. Today’s decision does not change the fact that affordability of coverage will continue as the greatest barrier to access. The impact of high medical costs and out-of-network utilization in the New Jersey marketplace remains an ongoing concern. We hope to work with policymakers and other stakeholders to find ways to improve quality, promote wellness, and control costs.”

About the New Jersey Association of Health Plans

The New Jersey Association of Health Plans (NJAHP) is a non-profit association created to serve its member health plans with a mission of fostering understanding in the value that health plans contribute to New Jersey’s health care system.
Among other ways, NJAHP does this by:

  • informing the public about our philosophy and the value proposition offered by commercial and Medicaid health plans
  • educating policy makers, regulators, and opinion leaders on the implications of specific policy proposals
  • promoting collaborative efforts among health plans, providers, purchasers, brokers and consumers to expand access to high-quality, affordable, and accessible health care
  • acting as a resource for interested parties on New Jersey’s health care system
  • promoting opportunities and forums for health plan members and business partners to meet, exchange ideas, and discuss critical issues affecting health care in the State.

NJAHP’s members, which cover nearly seven million New Jersey residents, include: Aetna; AmeriGroup; AmeriHealth; CIGNA; Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey; and UnitedHealthcare.