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New Jersey Campaign Archive

ImageNJ For Health Care was established in 2008 with the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Community Catalyst as part of their Consumer Voices for Coverage initiative. Campaign Our coalition is made up of a broad-based alliance of health care, consumer, senior, student, disability, women's, labor, faith-based, civil rights and social justice organizations working to bring guaranteed, high quality, affordable health care to all New Jersey residents.

Since 2008 we have been a voice for New Jersey health care consumers. We've worked on a number of issues to advance our core mission of increasing access to quality, affordable health care for all New Jerseyans. We have and will continue to work to build strong alliances with patients, providers and payers across the State to achieve that goal.

Read the NJ For Health Care Core Principles.

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Become an ally in the fight for guaranteed access to quality, affordable health care for all. Join more than 100 other organizations working with us to in support of our principles to improve access and delivery of health care for all New Jerseyans. Members receive regular updates on our activities, monthly meetings and policy priorities. Join us (click here)!

Read on for highlights from some of our past campaigns.



National Health Care Reform Bill Passes After Long-fought Fight!


On Sunday evening, March 21, 2010 the U.S. House of Representatives PASSED comprehensive national health care reform by a vote of 219 to 212. For the first time in history, a comprehensive health care bill has passed both Houses of Congress. The bill will give health care to 32 million Americans and save over 30,000 lives per year. And it will regulate the insurance companies so they can no longer deny care for pre-existing conditions, charge you more if you're sick, put limits on your benefits, or increase rates with impunity.

Immediate benefits will include the opportunity to keep adult children on family health insurance policies up to age 26 and relief for seniors who have fallen into the Medicare Prescription Drug "donut hole."

Not one Republican voted for the bill. In New Jersey — only one Democrat voted against the bill: Rep. John Adler (NJ-03).

CALL Toll Free: 1-877-264-4226 to THANK members of Congress who voted YES and express your disappointment to the ones who voted NO.

imageHow NJ's Members Voted:

YES — Representatives Rothman, Pascrell, Sires, Payne, Pallone, Holt and Andrews

NO — Representatives Adler, Garrett, Frelinghuysen, Lance, Smith and LoBiondo

To find out how your Representative voted click here.

What Does the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Mean for New Jersey?

Read the recent analysis by New Jersey Policy Perspective!

  1. New Jersey has more uninsured people than most states and will receive more federal aid. By 2019 nearly one million New Jerseyans will receive insurance at a cost to the federal government of about $25 billion over ten years.
  2. Prescription drug coverage will be subsidized to a greater degree by the federal government for more elderly and disabled people in New Jersey. Reform will provide about $57 million in relief for 227,000 Medicare Part D beneficiaries in New Jersey. We will receive over $15 million for over 30,000 PAAD and Senior Gold beneficiaries. All 1.3 million Medicare beneficiaries in New Jersey will benefit from provisions of the new law like no cost sharing for prevention services and free, annual wellness visits.
  3. Small businesses will benefit. Health reform will provide tax credits this year to most of the 215,000 businesses with fewer than 25 employees to offset the cost of providing health coverage for their employees.
  4. More adults will be eligible for affordable health coverage. All adults in poverty will become eligible for either Medicaid or other affordable insurance in the Exchange starting in 2014. The federal government will pay all health costs (about $150 million annually) for adults who do not have children and are on General Assistance.
  5. New Jersey's pharmaceutical companies will benefit. New Jersey has one of the largest concentrations of pharmaceutical companies in the world. Health reform in effect provides them with up to 32 million new insured customers nationwide because health plans will be required to provide prescription drugs.
  6. The increase in federally funded Medicaid reimbursement rates to New Jersey primary care physicians will be the highest in the nation. Health reform will require Medicaid to pay the same rates as Medicare in 2013 and 2014 to primary care physicians to make this care more accessible. Because New Jersey has the lowest Medicaid payment rate in the nation (37 percent of the Medicare rate) this rate will almost triple and will be funded entirely with federal funds.
  7. More New Jersey hospitals will benefit. A reduction in the number of uninsured people should result in less demand for state-funded charity care beginning in 2014. Increasing the number of New Jerseyans with health insurance will help reverse hospital distress.
  8. The new law allows New Jersey to provide better health care and share its cost with the federal government. Given growing health care costs and the associated decline in the number of businesses offering health insurance to their employees, it was only a matter of time before health care reform would have come to New Jersey at a cost borne entirely by the state. National health reform has taken this pressure off the state and will provide a winning situation for all.


New Jersey Health Insurance Exchange

Health Insurance ExchangeWhat is a Health Insurance Exchange?

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) makes great improvements to access and affordability in our health care system. One major way that the law does this is by establishing new state health insurance exchanges. A health insurance exchange is a virtual marketplace intended to make purchasing health insurance more transparent and affordable for consumers. An ideal health insurance exchange would create competition, transparency and accountability in the insurance market, therefore bringing down the cost of insurance premiums for consumers.

Under the ACA, states are required to establish these state level health insurance exchanges or allow the federal government to establish an exchange for their state. It is also the only provision in the law that requires states to include stakeholders in the planning process. On January 1st, 2013, all 50 states must submit a proposal for their own health insurance exchange to the federal government and by 2014 all exchanges must be implemented. So far New Jersey has received $1 million to begin planning for a New Jersey exchange. The NJ for Health Care Coalition believes that a good exchange must meet the following principles:

Principles for Establishing a Pro-Consumer NJ Health Insurance Exchange

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) greatly improves access and affordability in our health care system. State health insurance exchanges are a cornerstone of this law, providing a way to promote competition, transparency and accountability in the insurance market and bring down the cost of insurance premiums for consumers.

The new exchange must meet the following principles:



VICTORY! Proposed Conversion of Horizon BCBS of New Jersey

imageLegislation (S 375) requiring that Horizon BC/BS conduct multiple public hearings concerning its conversion application and requiring the NJ Department of Banking and Insurance conduct a Health Impact Analysis as part of its evaluation of a conversion application passed the NJ State Senate with overwhelming bi-partisan support on May 20, 2010. The vote was 38-2. See how your senator voted.

This is a major victory for consumers everywhere! Your testimony, calls, letters and emails to the legislature worked! Thank you to everyone!

AND BIG NEWS: The Star-Ledger reports that Horizon will not pursue the conversion application during the Christie Administration! Between last year's election, national health care reform, our call for a health impact study and the scrutiny they are now under for giving themselves and their executives whopping pay increases, it appears they've decided to back off the application all together.

But their self-serving pay increases have caused more than the proverbial eyebrow to be raised, as reported in the Asbury Park Press. Now, Senate President Steve Sweeney is calling for a formal investigation of their compensation practices and how such whopping pay increases can happen as their customers are being hit with 30%, 40% and higher rate increases.


updated June 9, 2016