Senate Passes Singer Bill to Notify Hospital Patients of Out-of-Pocket Costs

The full Senate unanimously approved Thursday Senator Robert Singer’s bill to require hospitals in New Jersey to notify observation patients of potential out-of-pocket costs.

“When people are hospital observation patients and not considered ‘inpatients,’ their insurance plans may not cover prescriptions,” said Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “Many observation patients suffer from chronic conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, and their unforeseen out-of-pocket hospital expenses can be crippling burdens.”

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