More than 1 in 10 New Jerseyans has no health insurance, and most of them would get coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday.
Citing NJPP estimates, NJ Spotlight notes that roughly 587,000 New Jerseyans without insurance today are likely to be covered because of the federal law.
“Some people will not choose to obtain insurance and pay the penalty instead and some people eligible for Medicaid are not subject to the penalty and will not apply because they do not know about it or feel they are healthy and do not need it,” NJPP senior policy analyst Raymond Castro says. “Two-thirds of the uninsured are not subject to the penalty. … If the state does a good job of outreach the participation rate will be higher.”
The largest group of those ineligible for coverage under the law is undocumented immigrants — a number Castro estimates at 300,000.
Bonus: The county breakdown map made by NJ Spotlight is based on NJPP data.
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