If you’d prefer to read a PDF version of this report, click here. New Jersey insurers must decide soon whether to extend substandard health plans that will eventually not comply with the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) comprehensive coverage and consumer protections provisions. Individuals and small businesses initially would have been unable to renew these plans […]
Despite being the second wealthiest state in the nation, New Jersey has a higher real poverty rate than 35 other states with about 1.35 million, or one in seven, residents living in poverty, according to the recent Supplemental Poverty Measure released by the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s 44 percent more than the 930,000 that are living under the official federal poverty level.
Although most press accounts about the rollout of federal health care reform in New Jersey have focused on computer glitches related to the online health insurance Marketplace, one key component is running smoothly: the state’s online application for Medicaid coverage.
If there were any remaining doubts about the need for health care reform in New Jersey, they should be dispelled by recent Census data, which show a dramatic increase in the uninsured in the state.
Over the last several years, New Jerseyans have heard glowing reports about how well the state’s economy is performing since the recession ended and the recovery began in June 2009. Those claims are correct for Wall Street, banks and many other businesses as a result of record increases in productivity, profits and stocks. But it’s a different world for many ordinary New Jerseyans who have lost everything or are barely getting by.
Nearly 1 million low-income people in New Jersey will see their vital food assistance cut when a temporary boost to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) expires November 1, new data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) show.
The governor’s Friday veto of legislation authorizing the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act has created a lot of confusion. While the veto has led some to believe the governor has broken his promise to expand Medicaid, that’s not the case at all.
The benefits of Medicaid expansion are only opportunities – they will not be achieved without sufficient resources. Our main concern is that no funds were allocated in the governor’s budget for outreach, marketing, and contracts with community-based organizations to reach the uninsured and help them fill out the application.
The fact that New Jersey will rely on a federal exchange to determine eligibility and the level of subsidized premiums to be paid under ACA does not relieve it of responsibility. It just means that it will receive minimal federal funding to discharge those responsibilities.
During his gubernatorial campaign, Corbett liked to say he need only “look across the Delaware River to New Jersey” for a good governing role model. This is one instance where he should follow Christie’s lead and take this federal opportunity to provide hardworking families with the security of quality health care.