TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senate Commerce Chairwoman Nia H. Gill and Senate Health Chairman Joseph Vitale to ensure oversight of the implementation and operation of a federal health exchange in New Jersey received final approval today by the General Assembly. The measure was introduced in response to Governor Christie’s decision to turn over creation of New Jersey’s health exchange to the federal government.
“The health exchange is important to ensure that residents who are uninsured and underinsured are able to access affordable, quality health coverage. Although the governor decided to turn over its creation to the federal government, we still have an obligation to ensure our exchange is both efficient and effective and that is meets the unique needs of our residents,” said Senator Gill (D-Essex/Passaic). “This task force will provide a measure of oversight that will allow the Legislature to track progress of the exchange, so that we are prepared to make recommendations or to take legislative action if necessary.”