PATERSON, NJ - With the government shutdown now in its 33rd day, St. Joseph’s Health is doing its part of make sure that federal employees currently out of work, or working without pay, including approximately 6,700 in New Jersey, are able to continue to receive emergency medical care at both St. Joseph’s University Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center.
Effective immediately, according to a statement by Kevin Slavin, President & CEO of St. Joseph’s Health, all deductibles and co-pays for all services rendered in the Emergency Department for furloughed federal employees and their dependents will be waived throughout the duration of the shutdown.
“For more than 150 years, our mission has been to care for the most vulnerable in our communities,” Slavin said. “We owe it to federal workers and their families facing financial hardship to ensure that they have access to high quality, affordable care.”
When told of the announcement by St. Joseph’s Rep. Bill Pascrell said he was “proud of (his) hometown hospital” and offered his hope that other institutions will be inspired to follow suit.
“While hundreds of thousands of Americans are struggling without their paychecks, St. Joseph’s decision to waive fees for federal employees and their dependents is a bright spot for our country,” Pascrell added. “St. Joe’s understands the consequences of this unnecessary government shutdown, as families throughout our country are struggling to make ends meet.”
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