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Rutgers announces immediate deferment of health facility fees for furloughed federal employees

 Health providers are committed to the care of their patients and encourage federally furloughed employees to keep any appointments they have scheduled, said Brian Strom, chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Services.  – Photo by

Starting immediately, nearly all health facilities at Rutgers will postpone copays, deductibles and balances due for federal employees who are furloughed and their dependents for services provided at a University facility or provider.

According to an email from Brian Strom, the chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, federal employees and dependents who give proof of federal employment or provide documentation of their furloughed status upon receiving a bill will be able to have their payments deferred for one month after the furlough ends. While Rutgers School of Dental Medicine will defer most payments, Strom advised checking with providers to confirm. 

"As one of the largest healthcare provider groups in New Jersey, we want our neighbors and the communities we serve to know that they can count on us for uninterrupted care during this stressful time. Our providers are committed to caring for their patients and encourage those affected by the federal shutdown to keep the appointments they have scheduled and seek out care they may need at this time," Strom said.

Yesterday, The Daily Targum reported that unpaid tuition, housing fees and other charges would also be deferred for furloughed federal employees and dependents. 

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