Source: Assembly Republican Press Release -
Assemblyman Chris A. Brown today called on the federal government and the President to act quickly to protect more than 90,000 subscribers of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey from losing their insurance.
“The President had stated that people can keep their insurance. This was not supposed to happen, but inconsistent and confusing messages from the federal government have disrupted the lives of almost 100,000 New Jersey residents who are confused, frightened, and facing the prospects of losing their health insurance in the New Year,” said Brown, R-Atlantic.
Horizon intended to renew the “Basic and Essential Plus” (B&E) plans for current subscribers. The federal government has blocked the efforts by refusing to grant a waiver because the current policies do not include all the new mandates contained in the Affordable Care Act.
“The subscribers are ready to purchase insurance, Horizon wants to sell them the insurance. But there’s a catch – the federal government is really forcing Horizon to cancel their B&E plans,” said Brown. “The President should keep his promise, and the subscribers should keep their current coverage for another year.”
New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance has said that to comply with the new federal mandates, Horizon’s “Basic and Essential Plus” plans would have to be drastically altered which would significantly increase premiums.