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Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon discusses his pension and health benefits plan. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon discusses his pension and health benefits plan. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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NJ must cut back health benefits to afford public pension payments, lawmaker says

A Republican lawmaker believes that if New Jersey were to guarantee pension payments in its constitution, the law should provide for a temporary "escape hatch" in years that tax collections fall short, and public employees should agree to significant changes in their health benefits.

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State Sen. Jennifer Beck and Bill Spadea.
State Sen. Jennifer Beck and Bill Spadea.
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Is this the plan to pay for NJ’s roads and rail … without a gas tax hike?

Sen. Jen Beck, on Bill Spadea's morning show, unveiled a revised plan she says taxes care of New Jersey's infrastructure without burdening taxpayers.

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Gov. Chris Christie joins Eric Scott in the New Jersey 101.5 studio for the Feb. 29, 2016 Ask the Governor (Dan Tantillo / Townsquare Media)
Gov. Chris Christie joins Eric Scott in the New Jersey 101.5 studio for the Feb. 29, 2016 Ask the Governor (Dan Tantillo / Townsquare Media)
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Christie on Sweeney: ‘It’s an all-love relationship’ (WATCH)

Gov. Chris Christie shot down the idea he has a love-hate relationship with Senate President Steve Sweeney -- who might not mind some distance heading toward 2017.

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TRENTON, NJ - JANUARY 13: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gives the annual State of the State address on January 13, 2015 in Trenton, New Jersey. Christie addressed topics ranging from state pensions to new drug addiction solutions. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Gov. Chris Christie (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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Panel: NJ can save $2B by cutting pensioners’ health costs

New Jersey can save more than $2 billion annually by reducing health benefits for public pensioners, according to a new report released Thursday by a panel appointed by Gov. Chris Christie to look at the state's pension funding crisis.

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Study shows employers shifting more medical costs to workers

Employers are leaving a bigger chunk of the bill for care to workers who use their health insurance, and benefits experts see few signs of this trend slowing.

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Customers enter and exit a Hobby Lobby store in Denver. The Supreme Court is poised to deliver its verdict in a case that weighs the religious rights of employers and the right of women to the birth control of their choice.  (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)
Customers enter and exit a Hobby Lobby store in Denver. The Supreme Court is poised to deliver its verdict in a case that weighs the religious rights of employers and the right of women to the birth control of their choice. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)
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High court poised to decide birth-control dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court is poised to deliver its verdict in a case that weighs the religious rights of employers and the right of women to the birth control of their choice.

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Former Spartanburg, S.C., sheriff's deputy Brandon Bentley, with his wife, retired Salem police department officer Kelly Clark, in Salem, Ore.  Bentley's post-traumatic stress disorder claim was denied. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
Former Spartanburg, S.C., sheriff's deputy Brandon Bentley, with his wife, retired Salem police department officer Kelly Clark, in Salem, Ore. Bentley's post-traumatic stress disorder claim was denied. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
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Police Unions Push for PTSD Medical Coverage

Police unions across the U.S. are pushing for officers to be able to collect workers' compensation benefits if they suffer post-traumatic stress disorder, whether they got it from the general stress of police work or from responding to a deadly shooting rampage.

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AOL Chief Reverses Baby-Blaming 401(k) Cut

AOL Corp. CEO Tim Armstrong has abandoned an unpopular plan to delay company contributions to employee retirement accounts and apologized for citing two high-cost births as part of the impetus for the plan.

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Tomas Bercic, Getty Images
Tomas Bercic, Getty Images
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Healthcare Costs Keep Growing [AUDIO]

Nationwide, according to a survey by Mercer in Princeton, the average cost of health benefits for employees increased in 2012 by 4.1%, the smallest amount in 15 years. In New Jersey alone, though, health coverage climbed 6.6%, and the growth should continue  in 2013.

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Consumer-Friendly Health Plan Briefs Coming Soon

Don't have the slightest clue what your health insurance covers?

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