Senate Advances Singleton, Corrado Bill To Permit Health Care Professionals To Waive Copayments For Military Members

Trenton – A bill sponsored by Senator Troy Singleton and Senator Kristin M. Corrado, which would permit certain healthcare professionals to waive copayments, advanced from the Senate today.

The bill, S-2968, would supplement the Health Care Quality Act and permit a primary care physician or an advanced practicing nurse to waive the health insurance copayments of active duty military members when they receive a service covered under a health benefits plan.

“The members of our military sacrifice so much in their lives to ensure that we are safe here at home,” said Senator Singleton (D-Burlington). “Waiving health insurance copayments for those currently serving active duty is a simple courtesy and a thank you that reflects our appreciation for the service they provide our nation.”

“Our active-duty military members should be able to easily afford health insurance copayments for themselves and their families,” said Senator Corrado (R-Bergen/Essex/Morris/Passaic). “We owe it to these brave men and women to provide the best medical care possible, at a reasonable cost. Waiving health insurance copayments is a small gesture to thank our active-duty personnel for their service to our country.”

The bill would take effect on the 90th day after enactment and would apply to new health benefits recipients or renewed plans on or after the effective date of enactment.

The bill was released from the Senate by a vote of 35-0.