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Friday, March 8, 2013

Red Tape and the New Jersey Mandate

In Newark, New Jersey, the Star-Ledger reports:
Parents of children with autism told an Assembly committee today that state regulations governing insurance coverage for their children's treatment are so confusing they had to hire an attorney and medical billing expert to help untangle them.
"I'm a medical doctor and the issues with coding were so involved I had to hire someone to help me," Meredith Blitz-Goldstein, an oral surgeon, told the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee.
After listening to complaints for nearly two hours, Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic), the committee chairman, ordered insurance companies and disability advocates to revise the regulations and make them easier for families to navigate or else lawmakers would do it for them.
“There will be a hearing convened six months from now, and for everyone’s sake I pray we have meaningful movement,” Schaer said.