LEGISLATIVE FISCAL ESTIMATE

[First Reprint]

SENATE, No. 2743

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

220th LEGISLATURE

 

DATED: JULY 1, 2022

 

 

SUMMARY

 

Synopsis:

Mandates access to periodic cancer screening examinations for professional firefighters not enrolled in SHBP; makes appropriation.

Type of Impact:

Annual expenditure increase for the State General Fund.

Agencies Affected:

Department of the Treasury.

 

 

Office of Legislative Services Estimate

 

 

Fiscal Impact

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

 

State Cost Increase

 

Indeterminate

 

 

 

 

         The Office of Legislative Services (OLS) finds the bill will result in an indeterminate increase to the State to provide for cancer screening examinations. The bill appropriates $2 million for the purposes of the bill and requires future annual appropriations. The cost of the bill would depend on the specifics of which examinations and tests are provided during the year, the number and cost, and the number of firefighters receiving the screening examinations.

 

 

BILL DESCRIPTION

 

This bill mandates access to periodic cancer screening examinations for firefighters who are not enrolled in the State Health Benefits Program (SHBP). Under current law, a firefighter enrolled in SHBP is entitled to a cancer screening examination every three years. This bill expands the access to examinations for firefighters who have a different health care plan through their public employer.

The bill specifies that there should be no out-of-pocket cost to the firefighter.

Additionally, the bill specifies that the State will reimburse public employers for the full examination up to $1,250 per three-year period for each firefighter.

The bill appropriates $2 million for the reimbursements and requires annual appropriations in the future.

The bill will take effect January 1, 2023.

FISCAL ANALYSIS

 

EXECUTIVE BRANCH

 

None received.

 

OFFICE OF LEGISLATIVE SERVICES

 

The OLS finds the bill will result in an indeterminate increase to the State to provide for cancer screening examinations. The bill appropriates $2 million for the purposes of the bill and requires future annual appropriations. The cost of the bill would depend on the specifics of which examinations and tests are provided during the year, the number and cost, and the number of firefighters receiving the screening examinations.

 

 

Section:

State Government

Analyst:

Jessica Oestreicher

Deputy Counsel

Approved:

Thomas Koenig

Legislative Budget and Finance Officer

 

 

This legislative fiscal estimate has been produced by the Office of Legislative Services due to the failure of the Executive Branch to respond to our request for a fiscal note.

 

This fiscal estimate has been prepared pursuant to P.L.1980, c.67 (C.52:13B-6 et seq.).