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Pallone Rallies New Jerseyans to Sign Up for Health Care Coverage

November 7, 2019
Press Release
Residents can enroll through December 15

New Brunswick, NJ – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) encouraged New Jerseyans to sign up for health insurance during the Open Enrollment season. He was joined by local health care advocates who provided information on signing up for health care coverage for 2020. The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Open Enrollment season began on November 1st, and residents can sign up for health insurance at Healthcare.gov for the upcoming year through December 15, 2019. Video of the event is available here.

“Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, New Jerseyans have better health insurance coverage and health care today than they did before it became law. I encourage everyone to check out their options and sign up to ensure they’re covered for the upcoming year,” Congressman Pallone said. “The enrollment process is fast and simple, and many will qualify for premium assistance.  Last year, eight in ten New Jersey residents purchasing plans in the marketplace received a tax subsidy to lower the cost of their monthly premiums. Plans and prices can change every year, so it’s important everyone review their options to make sure they sign up for the plan that’s right for them. Free help is available to help individuals to walk through their options and enroll in their plan of choice. I’d like to thank everyone who joined us today.”

Pallone was a key leader in authoring and passing the ACA. Since it became law, more than 20 million Americans nationwide have gained access to health insurance through the ACA. In 2019, 255,246 New Jersey residents purchased their health insurance through Healthcare.gov and the majority of them qualified for subsidies to help bring down the cost of their premiums.

“Fulfill, formerly The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, is a State Navigator Agency and our trained health care experts can help people in our service area find insurance that meets their needs. Our assistance is free of charge. Just email us at health@fulfillnj.org. Nobody should have to choose between paying medical bills or putting food on the table. We are here to help,” said Fulfill CEO and President Kim Guadagno, the former Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey.

“Many of the health challenges we face in this country can be addressed – at least in part – by access to health care. I know from experience that health insurance is a critical piece in ensuring total health. At Children’s Specialized, our team works with children who are facing complex health challenges every day. Health insurance is critically important in ensuring these children have access to the necessary medical interventions and services needed to reach their full potential. Without this essential resource, our families would not be able to focus their full attention on their child’s care as they would be faced with concerns about financial distress,” said Warren E. Moore, FACHE, President & CEO, Children’s Specialized Hospital and Senior Vice President, Pediatric Services, RWJBarnabas Health. “Health insurance can be life-changing – and life-saving – for people across New Jersey. That’s why our efforts to expand health coverage enrollment are so crucial and why we come together every year to highlight the importance of the open enrollment period.”

“The Eric B. Chandler Health Center, part of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, has certified application counselors ready to provide assistance during the Open Enrollment Period,” said Sandra Hill, Executive Director. “I encourage all of our uninsured and underinsured residents to call and schedule an appointment. The Health Center is committed to improving access to quality affordable coverage and ensuring that as many residents as possible are covered.”

“There are a lot of resources for individuals who want to sign up for health care coverage. New Jersey residents can reach out to us year-round for assistance. We can help people understand how health insurance works, and explain their enrollment eligibility options including any financial assistance. We're here to help make enrollment an easy process either in person or by phone,” said Robin Stockton, Navigator Exchange Program Director, Center for Family Services. “Post-enrollment, we’re here to help any time of year for questions about keeping coverage, changing coverage, and making any necessary updates. Statewide telephonic assistance staffed by certified navigators is available to all New Jersey residents Monday-Friday, 8 am - 7 pm. The hotline number is 877-962-8448 (877-9-NAVIG8).”  

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