Health Care

The Supreme Court and the High Cost of Prescription Drugs

By | Jennifer Kim
State Director

Everyone knows prescription drugs cost more than they should. But many people are surprised to learn about one of the key ways drug companies keep prices high:  Paying off competitors to keep generics off the market. On Monday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case about this very practice.

News Release | NJPIRG | Health Care

Gov. Christie's Veto Means More Delays for Health Reform

Gov. Christie vetoed legislation today that would have created a health insurance exchange in New Jersey.

What’s Next on Health Care Costs?

By | Peter Skopec
Program Associate

Now that the election is over, talk has turned to the need for cooperation in addressing a long list of serious issues facing the country. It’s a tall order, and on the polarizing issue of health care, working together may seem at first like an impossible task. But I am hopeful that we can make significant progress together. Of course there will be robust debate about the best ways to put solutions into practice, and about the pace at which these solutions are to be implemented. But given Americans’ fundamental agreement on the nature of the problem and on how to solve it, we ought to be able to put the most bitter of arguments behind us and chart this course together now.

News Release | NJPIRG | Health Care

Consumers Win With Supreme Court Ruling

 

“Today’s decision is good news for consumers in New Jersey."

 

News Release | NJPIRG | Health Care

Governor's Veto Doesn't Undo Need for Health Reform

“Today Gov. Christie brought health reform screeching to a halt in New Jersey.”

“The Governor’s veto doesn’t undo the need for health reform in New Jersey. The Supreme Court decision won’t change the fact that 1.3 million people are uninsured and thousands more are struggling to keep their families covered.”

Media Hit | Health Care

Assembly Committee Clears Health Insurance Exchange Bill

The first in a long series of steps toward healthcare reform was taken yesterday, when a bill that will introduce sweeping changes to the way insurance is sold in New Jersey was voted out of an Assembly committee.

Nuclear Power and the Threat to Drinking Water

In the United States, 49 million Americans receive their drinking water from surface sources located within 50 miles of an active nuclear power plant.

Issue | Health Care

Making Health Care Work

Now the fight for health care reform is in Trenton, and so are the health care industry’s lobbyists. At stake is how we set up a new insurance marketplace in New Jersey — the single biggest tool we have to clean up health care.

News Release | NJPIRG | Health Care

Nationwide Study of New Health Exchanges Shows New Jersey How to Lower Costs For Consumers

Many states are creating health exchanges to deliver better value for consumers, and New Jersey should follow their lead, according to Making the Grade, a new report by NJPIRG.  Health exchanges are competitive marketplaces that can empower individuals and small businesses with better, more affordable options for coverage.  Under the federal health reform law, each state will have an exchange up and running in 2014.

Report | NJPIRG Law and Policy Center | Health Care

Making the Grade

When it comes to health care, there are few magic-bullet solutions for the many problems consumers face in the marketplace: insurers don’t compete for their business, leading to higher prices and lower quality. Important information about coverage is buried in the fine print, making it hard to know what’s really covered or which plan is right. And costs are continuing their unsustainable rise.

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