Trenton, NJ - Continuing with his commitment to comply with the mandates of the Affordable Care Act in a manner that protects the best interests of New Jersey and New Jerseyans, Governor Christie today gave formal notice to the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that New Jersey is opting to put in place a federally administered Exchange for Plan Year 2014, because it is the most responsible choice for the state. In a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the Governor affirmed his Administration's commitment to protecting high quality healthcare for New Jerseyans, cooperating with the federal government as an exchange comes online in New Jersey, and detailed the many steps taken to improve the excellence in care for all of our state's residents.
"My Administration is committed to meeting our obligation to comply with the Affordable Care Act, but only in a manner that is the most effective and efficient for the residents of New Jersey, and the businesses that will carry the costs of this new program. New Jersey enjoys a respected and earned reputation as a national leader in treatment and coverage, and our residents rightfully expect excellence in healthcare," said Governor Christie. "In order to move forward in a manner that best meets that standard for our families and businesses, and that ensures that all New Jerseyans have access to the best healthcare options supported by the most effective insurance coverage, I have determined that federal operation of the Exchange is the responsible choice for our state."
Under the Christie Administration, New Jersey has already taken numerous significant steps to comply with the federal mandates under the Affordable Care Act, while also instituting numerous reforms and initiatives to improve the quality of and access to care for all New Jerseyans.
Previously, Governor Christie declined to establish a state run exchange citing the many critical, open policy questions before states - even as federally imposed deadlines loomed to make far-reaching and significant decisions with respect to implementation of provision of the Affordable Care Act. The absence of clarity denied states the requisite information needed to make informed decisions for their residents. Those concerns were detailed in Governor Christie's veto message of S-2135.
A PDF copy of Governor Christie's letter to Secretary Sebelius [pdf 435kB] can be found as an attachment to this release.