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Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin. Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe

Coughlin indicates support for Sweeney-NJEA health care deal

By Nikita Biryukov, March 09 2020 4:02 pm

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin indicated support for proposed reforms to the New Jersey Education Association’s health plans Senate President Steve Sweeney announced Monday.

“After urging the Senate president and NJEA leadership to meet last year, I am pleased that Senate President Sweeney has followed through on the work I began in negotiating an agreement that appears to have accomplished the goals I set out one year ago,” he said. “While the Assembly will review this legislation as thoroughly as we review any other, I am confident that today marks yet another important step in my efforts to create long-term fiscal savings for New Jersey’s taxpayers.”

The plan is projected to cut health costs by roughly $1 billion, with $670 million in savings for local school districts and $403 million for NJEA members.

Coughlin last year pushed a plan that would have cut costs by about half as much. While Gov. Phil Murphy signed onto that plan, Sweeney opposed it.

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