New Jersey Healthcare Insurance laws & HR compliance analysis

New Jersey Healthcare Insurance: What you need to know

There is no state law requiring employers to offer group healthcare insurance to their employees, but most employers do offer this benefit. However, if any healthcare insurance is offered, New Jersey's insurance laws require that employers offer certain benefits (mandated benefits) and give employees the right to continue group coverage in certain circumstances if group coverage is lost. More information about continuation requirements is available.
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States are not permitted to regulate self-insured benefit plans. New Jersey's mandated benefits and continuation provisions do not apply to health plans in which the employer pays all benefits without the proceeds of any insurance policy. An employer's health plan is self-insured if the risk of paying claims is on the employer and not on an insurance company. Self-insured plans may contract with third-party administrators (TPAs), including insurance companies, to process benefit claims. The TPA pays the claims and then is reimbursed by the employer. Many self-insured plans also buy “stop-loss” insurance to cover very large claims. The purchase of stop-loss insurance does not result in the loss of self-insured status and the exemption from state regulation.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) required the establishment of healthcare exchanges to provide individuals and small employers with access to affordable insurance coverage beginning January 1, 2014. States had the flexibility to design and operate exchanges that best met their unique needs while meeting the ACA’s statutory and regulatory standards.
New Jersey decided to default to a federally facilitated exchange. To access New ...

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