The Amputee Coalition will focus on ensuring fair insurance coverage for prosthetics provided through Medicaid. We are actively seeking advocates to support these efforts.
The New Jersey passed Insurance Fairness for Amputee legislation in 2008. SB502 passed the senate unanimously and will little opposition in the Assembly. It was signed into law by Governor Jon Corzine (D) on January 13th, 2008.
Prior to the passage of SB502, the New Jersey State Legislature commissioned the New Jersey Insurance Fairness Study to study the cost associated with an earlier version of the legislation. The study concluded that, if the earlier version was enacted, it would result in average premium increases of .025%, but there is no way to quantify the extent to which the mandate would actually increase the availability of prosthetic and orthotic devices or reduce the financial burden on those who obtain such devices.
State Government Information
The Democratic Party controls both chambers of the State Legislature and the Office of the Governor.
New Jersey’s State Legislature works on a two year cycle. Session runs from January until December each year.
The Office of Governor has an election every four years, with the next election taking place in 2021. An individual elected to the Office of the Governor can serve two consecutive terms. The Governor is responsible for signing legislation into law and granting formal proclamations, such as Limb Loss Awareness Month.
The New Jersey Department of Insurance is a state department falling under the executive branch of New Jersey’s government. The Governor appoints the Commissioner of Insurance to observe the oversight of the insurance industry. The Department provides information about insurance coverage and the ability to file a complaint against an insurance provider.
The Amputee Coalition needs support from the limb loss/difference community. If you are interested in aiding our efforts:
Other Relevant Legislation