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Gov. Christie stalling on bill to support rape victims - Bill would prevent victims from being charged for their own rape kit

Posted by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 2:33 PM
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Gov. Christie stalling on bill to support rape victims - Bill would prevent victims from being charged for their own rape kit

David Shuster calls on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to immediately sign legislation that ensures rape victims don’t get billed for their own rape kits. The bill has been sitting on Christie's desk for nearly ten weeks. 

 

Health care providers may soon be barred by the state from directly billing sexual assault victims for forensic evidence collection.

 

The federal government requires that the providers be reimbursed for such services, but all invoices are supposed to go to designated government agencies for review and payment. However, victims frequently receive such invoices due to administrative errors or attempts to get payment from a victim's insurance company.

The New Jersey measure — which was overwhelmingly passed by both houses of the Legislature and now awaits Gov. Chris Christie's consideration — would clarify that victims should never receive such invoices.

"This is simply the right thing to do," said Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, D-Union, one of the bill's primary sponsors in that chamber along with fellow Democrats Pamela Lampitt of Cherry Hill, Linda Stender of Scotch Plains and Valerie Vainieri Huttle of Englewood.

by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 2:33 PM
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Layla19
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 3:48 PM

This is so stupid.  The rape kit is not a medical treatment; it is part of a criminal investigation.  Do they demend compensation from a muder victim's family when investigating the scene of that crime?

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