“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
NJ For Health Care is working hard to uphold its 5 core principles:
- Guaranteed Access to Affordable, Comprehensive Health Care for all New Jerseyans
- Ensure Health Insurers offer and administer plans that are compliant with requirements of the law
- Improve the Quality of Care for All New Jerseyans
- Reduce and Contain Costs to Assure Affordable Coverage
- Preventive Care
Here are some of the initiatives we are working on right now:
Cover All Kids
When kids have access to health care, they are more likely to succeed in school and have better health and economic outcomes as adults. New Jersey lawmakers now have a historic opportunity to ensure that all kids in the state have the health coverage and care they need to thrive. For more information, click here.
Additional resources from our coalition partner, New Jersey Policy Perspective:
Lower Prescription Drugs
Big pharmaceutical corporations have raised prices so high that millions of Americans can’t afford medicines needed to treat illnesses, manage their health, and take care of their families. New Jerseyans need affordable drugs now. Click here to learn more.
Educating New Jerseyans on Coverage Options and Enrollment
Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans have gained health coverage. Our coalition continues to work in communities across the state to connect more New Jerseyans to coverage. There are still nearly 9% of New Jerseyans without health insurance.
In New Jersey, it is the law to have health insurance. Failure to have health coverage or qualify for an exemption will result in a penalty. The good news is that coverage is more affordable than you might think. Last year, 8 out of 10 enrollees received financial help to pay for their health insurance.
In 2020, New Jersey will begin to operate our own state exchange. This will allow New Jerseyans to shop for and enroll in health coverage directly through GetCovered.NJ.gov. We are now able to extend the length of time open enrollment lasts and offer more affordable coverage options.
The annual open enrollment period is from November 1 to December 31, but those who experience life changes throughout the year such as a change in employment, marital status, or citizenship and those eligible for New Jersey’s Medicaid program, NJ Family Care, can apply all year round. Visit GetCovered.NJ.gov to find out more about your coverage options and how to enroll.
Protecting New Jersey’s Health Care
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ is the state’s largest insurer. Incorporated as a charitable health services corporation, they have a unique mission to serve the health care needs of the people of NJ. Horizon has proposed a new organizational structure that would essentially becoming a for-profit stock company. Horizon is trying to circumvent established law that requires the full fair market value of their assets to be placed in a trust for the people of New Jersey upon conversion.