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N.J. health care coalition releases report backing out-of-network bill

A major New Jersey-based health care coalition released a report Wednesday in support of the passage of an out-of-network health care bill, which is currently being considered by the state Legislature.

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N.J. Class of 2019 won't have to pass PARCC to graduate

TRENTON — New Jersey's new class of high school freshmen won't have to pass the PARCC exams to graduate, and some students in 11th grade will be exempt from taking PARCC's English test this year, the state's Department of Education announced today.

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WWII veteran honored in Burlington Township

Now in his 90s, MacClemmy recently was recognized for his service and honored by Acacia Hospice. He received the Air Combat Action Commemorative certificate and medal. In addition, New Jersey Assemblyman Troy Singleton, D-7th of Palmyra, presented a proclamation from the state honoring his service and sacrifice.

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Analysis: Pricey problems await N.J. lawmakers

When the Legislature broke for summer recess and Governor Christie launched his presidential campaign the next day, New Jersey’s lawmakers and its chief executive left a pair of large policy issues unresolved.

The return of the 216th Legislature this month — or at least the Senate portion of it — will bring the public employee pension fund and the state’s transportation bank account back into focus.

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Judge rules Franklin Lakes parents must pay surprise out-of-network medical bill

In a lawsuit that illustrates how inescapable surprise medical bills can be, a judge in Bergen County has sided with an anesthesiology practice that did not accept a patient’s insurance for emergency services at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood and sued the patient for payment.

The judge found that the bill was reasonable and that the doctor had no obligation to figure out — “at midnight” — whether the patient’s insurance would cover the anesthesia she needed to deliver her baby.

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NJ SPOTLIGHT: NARROW INSURANCE NETWORKS -- POPULAR IN NJ -- EXTEND TO RELATIVELY FEW PROVIDERS

New Jersey was among the states with the largest share of health insurance plans that offered relatively little choice of doctors to individual consumers, according to a new research brief.

Two of three New Jersey insurance networks that were studied included fewer than 25 percent of the doctors in the state, according to researchers with the University of Pennsylvania. Networks that extend to relatively few doctors are known as “narrow networks.”

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N.J. moves to block Obama clean energy rules

The Christie administration on Wednesday officially moved to block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's implementation of new clean-energy rules, blasting them as "unprecedented regulatory overreach."

Gov. Christie, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, announced his opposition to the rules immediately after President Obama unveiled them last month as part of an ambitious effort to combat climate change.

 

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New Jersey has new child safety seat rules

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Parents have new rules to follow when driving with their children in New Jersey.

Child safety seat rules that take effect on Tuesday adhere to American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations.

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N.J. owes $32M for improperly billing Medicaid for home health care, report says

TRENTON — The state improperly billed $32.2 million for home health services it could not document over a 3-1/2-year-period and should return the money to the federal government, according to a U.S. Office of Inspector General report released Monday.

A random audit of 100 claims submitted from 2008 to 2011 found 17 to be in error because they did not contain proper documentation, according to the report. The deficiencies included nurses not making required visits, companies using untrained home health aides, and failing to maintain patient files.

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Burlington County's "ARC Tunnel"

Wherever a river bisects populated areas, adequate transportation between both banks is critical. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Christie administration's failure to alleviate the congestion across the Hudson River into Manhattan. But Burlington County has its own, albeit smaller, crisis where the Rancocas Creek cuts across the county.

The Centerton Bridge, which was built in 1903, carried 14,000 vehicles per day across the river between Willingboro and Mount Laurel. Earlier this year, the bridge was abruptly closed when it was determined to be unsafe for vehicular traffic. Even before the closure, the bridge was inadequate, with one narrow lane in each direction making navigating through opposing traffic a test of driving skills.

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