Target:  New Jersey

On Monday September 17th, Assembly Bill A4443 (McKeon, Downey) was introduced in the New Jersey  Assembly and referred to their Health and Finance Committee. This bill “Establishes registration and operational requirements for retail health clinics and urgent care facilities.” 

A4443 is a licensure bill with many onerous provisions attached to it, most of which will prove harmful to New Jersey’s burgeoning urgent care industry.

Some aspects of the bill includes:

  • Annual licensure of urgent care centers
  • Urgent care centers excluded from providing care for:
    • Individuals under 18 years of age
    • Medicaid/NJ Family Care clients
  • Urgent care centers cannot discriminate “as to race, age religion, sex, national origin, or source of payment”
  • Numerous other operational aspects including extensive DOH oversight, as well as customer service, medical records, and staffing mandates.


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This turn of events marks yet another hard slap in the face to all of us involved in the delivery of urgent care medicine.  Our industry continues to come under the microscope of legislators and regulators looking to unjustifiably exert control over our businesses and practices, using our hard work as a means to bolster state coffers through baseless claims. NERUCA has worked hard to reject similarly misguided legislative efforts in other states over the past several years and now turns its attention to this bill.

NERUCA is calling on all urgent care owners, operators, providers, staff, patients, and sympathizers to support our efforts to stop this legislation.  It is a patently discriminatory, highly prejudicial and intrusive bill that is yet another example of misguided and regressive government efforts that limit patient access to care and consumer choice. We will have more on this situation as better information is developed regarding A4443, and will get that to you as soon as we do. We are only beginning to mobilize our response to the bill, and will contact you ASAP with information on how you can join with NERUCA to battle this latest assault on the urgent care industry and medical profession.


Jonathan S. Halpert, MD FACEP
Chair, Government Affairs

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Welcome to NERUCA

The Northeast Regional Urgent Care Association is here to represent the interests of urgent care in its member states. This need for Urgent Care Centers to have a partner organization supporting and representing their interests has become increasingly important in the face of legislative and regulatory attempts to negatively impact our practices in New York, Connecticut, Vermont, Massachusetts, and now New Jersey.

Our Government Affairs Committee is actively monitoring and impacting the rapidly changing developments in these states and throughout our region. Please visit the Government Affairs Committee page for the latest updates.

NERUCA provides regional access to legislative and payer advocacy, world class educational opportunities, and cutting edge industry partners to supports our centers, allowing us as owners/operators and staff to do the very best for our patients and communities.

Though a wholly independent entity, NERUCA enjoys an affiliate chapter relationship with the Urgent Care Association (UCA). This allows our members the added benefit of access to the resources of a nation-wide organization relative to advocacy, education, practice management, and payer issues should situations arise dictating that level of involvement. 

NERUCA currently represents nine states:  Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Please consider joining NERUCA and the UCA today, and help us represent your interest locally and nationally!

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John Kulin, DO, FCUCM, FACEP President

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