NJ lawmakers want to ban insurance coverage for pets.
The New Jersey Legislature has approved a bill that would ban pet insurers from covering their clients if they have a medical condition that is related to a dog or cat.
The legislation would also ban insurers from paying claims from pet owners who have a history of having pets.
Pet insurance is available to pets in New Jersey, but only if the owner is a dog breeder or cat breeder.
In addition, insurers must have policies in place to cover pets in their state.
The bills has passed both chambers.
The bill would require that insurers cover the costs of “a dog or cats’ vaccinations, vaccinations, medical treatment, treatment for any veterinary illness, veterinary diseases or injuries, veterinary treatments, treatment and rehabilitation, treatment of a dog’s or cats’, rehabilitation, and any other medically necessary expenses incurred for the pet or a pet of the owner.”
Insurance carriers would also have to cover “a veterinary examination, veterinary care, veterinary medication, veterinary treatment, or veterinary treatments of a pet that is treated for any medical condition or injury.”
Pet insurance companies are already required to cover pet expenses if the person is a qualified owner, but it is up to them to get insurance coverage if they are not.
It is unclear how this would apply to pet owners that are licensed to breed animals.
New Jersey’s health department recently reported a spike in the number of dog bites.
The department says dogs were involved in approximately 2,600 bites between December and March of 2017, and that the number is expected to increase further as the season gets longer.
In 2016, the New Jersey Department of Health reported that the total number of reported dog bites was 726.