By: Alysa Rubin, Writer / Follow South Jersey Public Health Intern
TRENTON, N.J. — In a move similar to the Biden Administration, Governor Phil Murphy announced that New Jersey will extend its deadlines for residents to enroll in health insurance through May 15.
Residents who want to be covered by March 1 now have a deadline of February 28. The deadlines for those who want to be covered by the first day of April and May is now March 31 and April 30, respectively, while the final date to enroll for coverage beginning June 1 is May 15.
“Ensuring that our residents have access to quality, affordable health insurance has been a top priority of our administration since day one,” Gov. Murphy said in a press release. “As we continue our work to save lives and protect New Jerseyans in response to the pandemic, this action will expand opportunities for residents to get the coverage they need to maintain their health and wellbeing. I want to thank President Biden for taking this necessary step at the federal level to further complement the relief efforts of his American Rescue Plan.”
On Tuesday, the Biden Administration announced that health insurance enrollment would be reopened in states utilizing the federal marketplace through a Special Enrollment Period. The decision was made in response to the continued coronavirus pandemic.
Although New Jersey uses its own marketplace, which you can access at getcovered.nj.gov, uninsured residents will be given an extension to enroll in a health insurance plan through the state’s marketplace or directly from carriers through a special COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period.
The coverage dates for those choosing to enroll in health insurance will become effective at the beginning of the month following registration. The deadline to enroll is May 15, 2021.
All New Jersey residents who want be insured are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible to ensure the maximum amount of coverage beginning in March.
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This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.