Bramnick seeks prohibition of cancelling health insurance for non-payment during coronavirus
Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick says he will introduce legislation to prohibit health insurance companies from cancelling policies due to non-payment for the next 60 days as New Jersey combats the threat of coronavirus pandemic.
“I believe based on the calls I have received this is absolutely necessary,” said Bramnick, a potential candidate for the 2021 Republican gubernatorial nomination.
Bramnick’s announcement comes after reports that about 15,000 attempted to apply for unemployment insurance on Monday, activity that crashed the state website.
Gov. Phil Murphy has asked employers to keep their workers on payroll to avoid a termination of health benefits.
The New Jersey Time to Care Coalition has asked the legislature to strengthen a plan to shore up income for workers and families, and expand New Jersey’s Earned Sick and Safe Day Law.
“Many workers have already been laid off, or are temporarily unable to work as businesses and schools close and employees have to care for their children or other loved ones at home,” said Yarrow Willman-Cole, New Jersey Citizen Action Workplace Justice Director and co-convener of the NJ Time to Care Coalition. “Without sufficient support for all New Jerseyans, especially our most vulnerable workers, we will face an economic catastrophe in addition to the faster growth of this pandemic.
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