New Jersey voters are concerned about rising health care costs

New Jersey – A new survey of New Jersey voters by Impact Research and Expedition Strategies, on behalf of Consumers for Quality Care (CQC), reveals that voters see high out-of-pocket costs as the biggest problem in the state’s health care system. New Jerseyans are ready to support politicians who make reducing out-of-pocket spending a priority. Read more about the study here.

“New Jersey residents are tired of insurers taking advantage of consumers with rising deductibles, premiums and other out-of-pocket costs and not covering important care like mental health,” said Honorable Donna Christensen, CQC Board Member, Physician and former Member of Congress. “New Jersey families should not avoid seeking health care out of fear that unpredictable out-of-pocket costs will send them into debt.” It’s time for insurance to act as insurance and for our lawmakers to prioritize reducing costs and improving access to quality care.”

The number one concern of New Jersey voters when it comes to health care is that out-of-pocket costs are too high, and monthly premiums are the cost people struggle with the most, followed by deductibles. Ninety percent of New Jersey voters believe it’s more important now than ever for insurance to cover mental health care, but more than half (58%) find it difficult to find mental health providers who are affordable or who are insured.

Research highlights include:

· Voters unanimously agree (90%) that it is more important than ever for insurance companies to cover mental health care

· 58% of voters agree it’s hard to find mental health providers who are insured

· 39% I think the biggest barrier to people accessing mental health care is that not everyone is insured

· 78% agree that health care costs are rising more than other things they need

· By a more than 3-to-1 margin, voters’ top health care concern is that out-of-pocket costs are too high (38%)

· A large majority (85%) believe there are problems with public health care

· Monthly premiums are the biggest specific pain point when it comes to costs (36%), especially for those with private insurance (38%)

· Almost half of voters (47%) have either had their household finances seriously affected by medical debt or are close to someone who is affected. Amazing 68% or you have or know someone who has had a medical bill go to collection

· Half the voters report delays in seeing a doctor due to accessibility issues

New Jersey residents want their elected officials to take action to reduce out-of-pocket health care costs. More than 8 in 10 voters (81%) say they are more likely to support a candidate who makes reducing health care costs his top priority, including strong majorities of persuasive voters (80%) and independent (82%). Majorities in New Jersey say they are more likely to support a candidate who focuses on reducing out-of-pocket costs and premiums (52% choose this candidate) than one who is focused on “fundamental” changing health care by moving to a government-run system (38% prefer this type of candidate).

When it comes to reducing health care costs, New Jersey voters believe the following measures would be effective:

· Limiting insurance deductibles to a level that is low enough to keep people out of debt when they get the health care they need (73%)

· Limiting the total amount that health insurers can charge patients (73%)

· Requiring health insurers and pharmacy managers to pass on the discounts or rebates they receive from pharmaceutical companies to patients (76%)

“Amid rising inflation, New Jersey voters want protection against high out-of-pocket health care costs and are showing they are willing to support candidates who make it a priority,” they said Pete Brodnitz, founder and president of Expedition Strategies. “Measures to limit the total amount insurers can charge and cap deductibles are measures most New Jersey voters say will help control out-of-pocket health care costs.”

The survey by Impact Research/Expedition Strategies on behalf of CQC was conducted June 22-26, 2022. The online survey sampled 603 registered voters in New Jersey. The overall results were weighted to reflect the state’s composition of registered voters. To see the full survey results here.

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