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Health Professionals and Allied Employees/AFT/AFL-CIO
110 Kinderkamack Road
Emerson, NJ 07630
For Immediate Release April 24, 2013
Meadowland Hospital’s newest foray into health care drew a challenge from the Health Professionals and Allied Employees (HPAE), over the hospital owners’ application to form a Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangement (MEWA) sponsored by the hospital and Meadowlands Community Healthcare Trust. HPAE represents 350 nurses and healthcare workers at the hospital.
Called ‘TruPlan’, the MEWA is self-funded and exempt from many of NJ’s consumer protection laws. In addition, individuals covered by the MEWA are not protected by the NJ Guaranty Fund that would pay claims if the company failed. The TruPlan application was approved by the NJ Department of Banking and Insurance on February 12, 2013.
In a letter dated April 19, 2013, HPAE President Ann Twomey asked the NJ Department of Banking and Insurance (DOBI) to revoke its approval, due to questions raised as to whether the applicant and the TruPlan trustees meet the character, competence, expertise and qualifications the law requires. Click Here for the Letter
Among the items raised by HPAE were:
According to the application, TruPlan participating employers include Meadowlands Hospital and ‘Veritas’, and TruPlan intends to expand to more than 3000 members covered by local employers.