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New Jersey Extends Disputed Contract With Health Insurer Horizon

  • Horizon wins another year on a deal the state said it violated
  • Amended agreement lowers fees for state, reduces services
Phil Murphy 

Phil Murphy 

Photographer: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

New Jersey extended its health benefits contract with Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield for another year even after state officials alleged the health insurer failed to meet the terms of the deal.

The state will pay lower fees in exchange for reducing the scope of some services Horizon was originally hired to provide to state employees, according to the revised document posted on a state website. It removed a requirement for Horizon to provide a web tool where people can compare prices for medical care, for example. The state had accused Horizon of not providing that tool.