Recent Legislation

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Recent Legislation 2018

P.L. 2018, c. 96 (Chapter 96)

Provides that a PERS or PFRS member who continues to be a volunteer firefighter or emergency services worker after retirement with the employer from whom member retires has bona fide severance for compliance with State and federal law.

Date Approved: August 17, 2018

Effective Date: August 17, 2018

P.L. 2018, c. 88 (Chapter 88)

Requires SHBP and SEHBP to establish and contract for Medicare Primary Assignment and Audit Program ensuring that all persons in SHBP and SEHBP eligible for Medicare have Medicare as primary provider.

Date Approved: August 10, 2018

Effective Date: August 10, 2018

P.L. 2018, c. 63 (Chapter 63)

This law provides that the State will pay the full cost of SHBP coverage in retirement for SPRS members who retire at mandatory retirement age of 55 with more than 20 but less than 25 years of service.

Date Approved: July 3, 2018

Effective Date: July 3, 2018

P.L. 2018, c. 55 (Chapter 55)

This law transfers management of the Police and Firemen's Retirement System (PFRS) from the Division of Pensions & Benefits in the Department of the Treasury to the Board of Trustees of the PFRS and vests with the Board all the functions, powers, and duties relating to the investment and reinvestment funds under the control of the Board.

Date Approved: July 3, 2018

Effective Date: July 4, 2018

P.L. 2018, c. 32 (Chapter 32)

The “Out-of-network Consumer Protection, Transparency, Cost Containment and Accountability Act” reforms various aspects of the health care delivery system in New Jersey to increase transparency in pricing for health care services, enhance consumer protections, create an arbitration system to resolve certain health care billing disputes, contain rising costs associated with out-of-network health care services, and measure success with regard to these goals.

Date Approved: June 1, 2018

Effective Date: August 30, 2018

P.L. 2017, c. 344 (Chapter 344)

This law changes PERS membership eligibility for certain elected public officials and provides for PERS enrollment.

This law takes effect immediately.

Date Approved: January 16, 2018

Effective Date: January 16, 2018

Recent Legislation 2017

P.L. 2017, c. 220 (Chapter 220)

Requires health insurance carriers, SHBP, and SEHBP to inform covered persons about organ and tissue donation.

Date Approved: August 7, 2017

Effective Date: October 5, 2017

P.L. 2017, c.176 (Chapter 176)

This law prohibits health insurers and health maintenance organizations, as well as health benefits plans or contracts which are issued or purchased pursuant to the New Jersey Individual Health Coverage Program, New Jersey Small Employer Health Benefits Program, State Health Benefits Program, School Employees’ Health Benefits Program, and the Medicaid Program from discriminating in the provision of coverage on the basis of gender identity or expression. The prohibited discrimination relates to covered persons and prospective covered persons. It also prohibits contracts between certain health care providers who provide health care services to the State’s inmate population, such as University Correctional Health Care, and the New Jersey Department of Corrections, the Juvenile Justice Commission, the State Parole Board, or any other State or local entity from discriminating in the provision of coverage on the basis of gender identity or expression.

This law takes effect on the first day of the fourth month following enactment.

Date Approved: July 21, 2017

Effective Date: November 1, 2017

P.L. 2017, c. 117 (Chapter 117)

This law authorizes health care providers, including, but not limited to, licensed physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, psychologists, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, clinical social workers, physician assistants, professional counselors, respiratory therapists, speech pathologists, audiologists, and optometrists, to remotely provide health care services to patients through the use of telemedicine and telehealth.

It specifies that Medicaid, NJ FamilyCare, and certain health insurance providers, including the carriers of health benefits plans, the State Health Benefits Commission, and the School Employees’ Health Benefits Commission, are each to provide coverage and payment for services provided through telemedicine and telehealth on the same basis as, and at a provider reimbursement rate that does not exceed the provider reimbursement rate that is applicable, when the services are delivered in-person in New Jersey.

This law takes effect immediately.

Date Approved: July 21, 2017

Effective Date: July 21, 2017

P.L. 2017, c. 98 (Chapter 98)

This law is cited as the “Lottery Enterprise Contribution Act.”

This law contributes the State Lottery Enterprise to the Teachers' Pension and Annuity Fund (TPAF), the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS), and the Police and Firemen's Retirement System (PFRS) for a term of 30 years. Under the law, the TPAF, PERS, and PFRS receive a portion of the proceeds of the Lottery Enterprise, based upon their members’ past or present employment in schools and institutions in the State.

The entirety of the Lottery Enterprise will be contributed to newly created Common Pension Fund L, but there will be no material change in the operation and management of the Lottery Enterprise. The law directs that operation of the State lottery remain with the Division of the State Lottery, which will continue in its current form as a division within the Department of the Treasury. The State Lottery Commission will continue to have seven members, but the law will add the Director of the Division of Investment as a member of the Commission and remove one public member. The State Lottery Commission will continue to exercise regulatory oversight over the State Lottery by adopting lottery rules and approving all games.

During the term of the lottery contribution, the gross proceeds of the State Lottery will be paid into an operating account within Common Pension Fund L for payment of operational and administrative costs. The Division of the State Lottery will manage the operating account. The law requires the Division of the State Lottery to transfer into a second account, the investment account, State lottery proceeds net of operating and administrative expenses on a periodic basis. Administrative expenses include prize payments and advertising costs.

Consistent with current State law, annual lottery net proceeds must be at least 30 percent of gross proceeds. The net proceeds may be used by each retirement system for payment of benefits to members of the retirement systems or may be invested on behalf of the retirement systems by the Director of the Division of Investment. The lottery contribution given to the retirement systems will increase the funded ratio of such systems with respect to members of the retirement systems who are employed, or were employed, in schools and institutions in this State.

Pursuant to Section 5, this law allocates the lottery contribution to the retirement systems in allocable percentages. The lottery contribution and all proceeds of the Lottery Enterprise are allocated among the retirement systems in the allocable percentages as follows: 77.78 percent for TPAF; 21.02 percent for PERS; and 1.20 percent for PFRS.

Date Approved: July 4, 2017

Effective Date: July 4, 2017

P.L. 2017, c. 28 (Chapter 28)

This law requires health insurance coverage for substance use disorders and regulates opioids and certain other prescription drugs in several ways. It requires health insurers, the State Health Benefits Program, and the School Employees’ Health Benefits Program, to adhere to certain coverage requirements for treatment of substance use disorders. It also places certain restrictions on the prescription of opioids, and requires certain notifications when prescribing Schedule II controlled dangerous substances used to treat chronic or acute pain. The law also requires certain health care professionals to receive training on topics related to prescription opioid drugs and repeals certain sections of law that are obviated by this new law’s provisions.

Sections 9, 10 and 11 of this law deal specifically with the SHBP and SEHBP.

Date Approved: February 15, 2017

Effective Date: May 16, 2017


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