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Governor Jon S. Corzine
September 14, 2009
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GOVERNOR CORZINE ANNOUNCES OVER 11% DECREASE
IN NEW JERSEYANS WITHOUT HEALTH INSURANCE
Number of Uninsured Rises 1.5% Nationally over Same Period, Credits Aggressive Enrollment Initiatives for Decline
Net Increase of
NEWARK- Governor Jon S. Corzine today announced that the number of New Jerseyans without health insurance has decreased by more than 11%, or 147,000 individuals, the second largest reduction in the nation between 2007 and 2008. At the same time, the number of uninsured in the
The Governor credited aggressive initiatives aimed at enrolling those without health insurance for the declining
“Families cannot build a strong economic future for their children without stable, secure and affordable health insurance and that is what our Administration has been working to accomplish,” Governor Corzine said. “In
“We have ramped up our enrollment efforts and worked fervently by expanding NJ FamilyCare to include a child mandate. We said, ‘NO’ to the Bush administration when it
tried to cut 10,000 kids out of
Through the Governor’s initiatives,
In addition, through the Health Care Reform Act of 2008, all children 18 and under are required to have health insurance through employer-sponsored insurance, Medicaid, NJ FamilyCare or NJ FamilyCare Advantage. The legislation also reformed private insurance to extend dependant coverage up to the age of 31.
Because of the Governor’s commitment,
As a result of these efforts, the number of uninsured in
”Today is evidence that
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has praised Governor Corzine for setting the national standard to cover more uninsured children. In a June newspaper editorial she said, “
“We know that people with insurance get more appropriate preventive care, stay healthier, and live longer on average. This progress will save lives and strengthen our health care system,” said Health and Senior Services Commissioner
The Obama Administration has committed an additional $286 million for NJ FamilyCare as part of $6 billion in new federal Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) funding.
The Governor also announced today that approximately 48,000 households in Atlantic, Cape May,
least one child in the household was uninsured. More than 14,000 of the easy
“We’ve been delighted by the response from our previous mailings and we’re confident this final stage will draw even more families,” said Department of Human Services Commissioner
NJ FamilyCare is a free or low-cost program for income-eligible families. For instance, a family of four earning up to $77,175 (or 350 percent of the federal poverty level) can qualify to insure their children for about $130 a month in the state- and federally-funded program.
NJ FamilyCare ADVANTAGE is a “buy-in” program for families earning more than 350 percent of the federal poverty level. The maximum monthly premium is $411 for a family with three or more children.
For more information on the NJ FamilyCare programs, call 1-800-701-0710 or visit www.njfamilycare.org.
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