I-Team Investigates: New Jersey health insurance reform

(08/26/04) TRENTON - Some uninsured New Jersey residents who have fallen ill are taking a hit financially.

Despite sweeping reforms to health insurance rules in 1992, New Jersey's individual health insurance rates are among the highest in the country. Experts say the premiums have become so high that relatively healthy people have been dropping coverage and taking their chances.

Representatives of some health insurance companies say they want their coverage to be available to everyone. They say part of the process, however, would be for older people to pay more than younger individuals.

Lawmakers working on health care reform say in order for the problem to be fixed, the system will have to change and some people will have to pay more than others.

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