Norcross Provision X-ed Out

Blue Jersey is reporting on an excision to the pending bill before the Assembly Budget Committee regarding changes to public employees' pension and health benefits plan. Section 76, which would have barred employees from using out-of-state hospitals, has been pulled from the bill:
Under the new legislation, the entirety of Section 76 of the pending pensions and health benefits reform legislation (S-2937/A-4133) would be repealed. It would be replaced by language that would direct the new health care boards to create insurance plans that would specifically include only in-state providers, and other plans that would include coverage for out-of-state providers. No employee would be forced to choose the in-state option.