Switch to a system -- used by the federal government, almost all states and most of private industry --that requires an employee to pay a percentage of the premium for his or her coverage rather than a percentage of their salary as current law requires.
Provide more options in health plans so employees can choose the plan that is right for each of them and their families. New Jersey currently offers only 3 health plans to employees compared to 269 offered to federal employees. Under Governor Christie’s reforms, employees would be given the choice to enroll in a basic plan or pay more for enhanced coverage and convenience.
Raise the required years of service to qualify for Post-Retirement health benefits from 25 to 30
years of service for those who now have less than 25 years of service.
Eliminate the expensive NJ DIRECT10 plan.
Based on underlying costs, we need to differentiate, and in some cases, modify benefits such as co-pays for primary, specialist and emergency room visits; deductibles for out-of-network providers; coverage percentile for Reasonable and Customary out-of-network services; and in-network out-of- pocket maximums.
The Christie Reform Plan would apply the majority of the plan design changes, and increases in options, applicable to active employees to current retirees, including elimination of NJ DIRECT 10. Co-pays, in line with the increase in plan options, will be subject to change for retirees but contribution levels will remain the same.
Since taking office, Governor Christie has exercised his veto authority 19 times to rein in the spending activities of the State’s so-called ‘independent’ authorities, boards and commissions. This use of the veto pen to check the spending and bad practices of these government-created spending entities is a substantial departure from the practice of the prior Administration. Lax or non-existent oversight of authorities and commissions that collectively oversee billions of dollars of citizens’ resources led the Governor to describe them as a “shadow government” run by unaccountable, unelected managers. Governor Christie’s proactive approach reflects his unwavering commitment to fiscal discipline and accountability from all facets of government.
In particular, Governor Christie has used the veto pen to drive home his non-negotiable position that the budgets of State authorities, boards and commissions be as lean as possible during these difficult times. The Governor has made it clear that the economic climate demands an end to unjustifiable pay raises and unnecessary spending. On February 1, 2011, the Governor vetoed the operating budget of the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority because it contained a 3% raise for staff, as well as additional funds for an employee gift program. Governor Christie has also vetoed the operating budgets of the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA), the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor, the New Jersey Racing Commission and the Maritime Pilots and Docking Pilots Commission when they acted against the interests of taxpayers. In each instance, Governor Christie undertook a line-item review of each authority’s budget,