NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Saint Peter's UniversitHealthcarese Systems is jumping in to assist families of the federal workers who have been furloughed during the government shutdown.
The hospital system announced today that it will waive certain co-pays and deductibles for federal employees and government employees and their dependents, beginning today and continuing until the end of the furloughs.
This waiver will apply to outpatient emergency services at Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick and related ambulatory care facilities.
All furloughed federal employees must show their government identification to qualify for the waiver, and will have to sign a certification attesting to eligibility and financial hardship.
“These are challenging times for our community residents who are experiencing financial hardship due to the partial government shutdown,” said Leslie Hirsch, interim CEO and president of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System.
“As a member of this community driven by a Catholic mission of serving those in need, we must support our neighbors in ensuring that they have access to emergency medical care as they manage the day-to-day activities of their life," Hirsch said.
Saint Peter's is joining a growing list of agencies in the New Brunswick community making efforts to help federal workers for have not received pay since December, shortly before the shutdown began. Earlier this week Robert Wood Johnson Healthcare Health announced it would waive copays and fees, as did the Rutgers HealthCare System.
President Donald Trump is demanding that any appropriation bill to fund government operations must include $5.2 billion to build a wall along the nation's border with Mexico to stop immigrants from entering the county illegal, and Democrats in the Senate and the House of Representatives are refusing to include those funds.
The shutdown has continued for 34 days, and workers have now gone through two pay periods without receiving a paycheck.
There are about 800,000 federal employees impacted nationwide, including about 5,000 in New Jersey.