Holy Name Medical Center announced on Tuesday the medical center and its primary care physicians and specialists would be waiving deductibles and copays for furloughed federal employees who need emergency or urgent medical care during the government shutdown.
The policy will affect Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck and all Holy Name Medical Partners’ offices throughout the duration of the government shutdown, applicable to emergency care at the medical center, as well as urgent or medically necessary visits to our specialist and primary care providers.
“At Holy Name, we know many of our friends and neighbors are struggling with trying to make ends meet as the shutdown continues,” said Michael Maron, president and CEO of Holy Name said in a statement.
“Federal employees should not have to choose between putting food on the table or getting medical care, especially at the height of cold and flu season. Holy Name is committed to providing relief to the federal workers in our community during this difficult time,” said Maron.
“We don’t want the shutdown to be a barrier to medically necessary primary or specialist care, which is why we decided to go beyond the emergency room to ensure access to all levels of appropriate care,” said Dr. Adam Jarrett, chief medical officer at Holy Name in a statement.
“This means unpaid federal workers and their families can seek care from primary care providers or specialists within our physician network. If that helps lift the burden in some small way, we’ve done our jobs as the caregivers of our community,” said Jarrett.
The medical center’s physician network, Holy Name Medical Partners is comprised of more than 150 multi-specialty providers in locations throughout Bergen and Hudson counties.
“Unfortunately, furloughed employees may also be facing massive health insurance deductibles, which reset because of the New Year,” said Maron. “It was important that we eliminated those out-of-pocket expenses in addition to the copays, which may also be impacting their decision to seek medical care.”