By: Michael Mandarino, Follow South Jersey Managing Editor
TRENTON, N.J. — On Tuesday, Governor Phil Murphy announced the beginning of the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment period for Get Covered New Jersey, which is the state’s official health insurance marketplace.
State residents who want to enroll in health insurance plans from New Jersey’s official marketplace are now asked to use getcovered.nj.gov — not HealthCare.gov — to do so. Enrollment will open on Sunday, November 1 and run through January 31 of next year. All of the insurance companies that offered plans as part of HealthCare.gov will be available through Get Covered New Jersey.
“Get Covered New Jersey provides improved access to quality, affordable health coverage for our residents, as well as an enrollment experience tailored for our state. The launch of our own state Marketplace could not come at a more critical time given the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on health coverage,” Gov. Murphy said in a press release. “As the Trump Administration continues to attack the ACA, New Jersey is telling a different story. We are able to increase access to health coverage and care because of the work we have done.
“I encourage all residents who need health coverage to see what Get Covered New Jersey has to offer so they can get the care they need when they need it,” Murphy added.
A new subsidy from the state called “New Jersey Health Plan Savings” will be available to residents whose incomes fall within 400% of the federal poverty level. Individuals who make $51,040 per year or less and families with $104,800 or less of income will be able to purchase health insurance plans through the state.
In addition to opening up the enrollment period for three months, New Jersey is investing more money in experts who will help community members pick a health insurance plan at no additional cost. These “Navigators” will be the result of New Jersey’s investment of $3.5 million, and they’ll work with customers remotely.
“Millions of Americans who lost their jobs in this pandemic were able to keep their health care because the Affordable Care Act was there for them, and today we’re making it even easier for New Jerseyans to enroll in more affordable coverage.” Congressman Tom Malinowski (D-7) said in a release. “Now we have to double down in Washington to make sure the Affordable Care Act is always there for us.”
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