SOMC Among Hackensack Meridian Health Hospitals Waiving Emergency Visit Fees for Furloughed Federal Workers

Urgent Care Centers Included
Jan 23, 2019

Hackensack Meridian Health announced that it will waive co-pays and deductibles for emergency visits at all network hospitals and urgent care centers for furloughed federal employees and their insured family members.

The policy went into effect Jan. 1. Furloughed federal employees and covered family members can seek emergency care at Hackensack Meridian Health’s 17 hospitals, including Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, as well as HMH’s network of urgent care centers, without incurring the cost of co-pays and deductibles, officials said.

“We have seen the financial impact the federal government shutdown has had on many families and we want to ensure that people will receive the care they need without worrying about the cost,” said Robert C. Garrett, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health, the state’s largest health network. “We believe that we need to step forward and do our part to help furloughed federal employees and their families.”

The shutdown impacts 800,000 federal employees, of whom 5,000 live in New Jersey.
“We are keenly aware of the burden that this shutdown has placed on our patients who are federal employees,” said Robert Glenning, chief financial officer of Hackensack Meridian Health. “We are eager to do our part to ease some of the financial worries these families are facing.”

The network reaches two-thirds of the state population. In addition to 17 hospitals, the network has more than 500 patient locations from Bergen to Ocean counties. —M.S.

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