Several health care pronouncements figured prominently in Gov. Phil Murphy's budget address to the state legislature.
Murphy called for passage of Assembly Bill 2039, which would require hospitals to disclose out-of-network charges prior to patient surgery.
He also pledged to ensure:
Murphy also stated his continuing support of the Affordable Care Act and promised to sign a bill, A-1827, that would allow public and part-time workers to accrue paid sick leave days. That bill is currently being debated in the state Congress.
The governor also pledged an additional $100 million in a coordinated effort to combat the opioid epidemic, $8.5 million in autism spectrum disorder services, $2 million for gun violence research and $19.8 million for developmental disability services.
“We appreciate Gov. Murphy's focus on good health by continuing critical funding for key health care initiatives,” said Cathy Bennett, president of the New Jersey Association of Hospitals, said in a statement.
Bennett underscored the need for boosted funding of charity care, medical schools, nursing homes and other health-care areas.