The purpose of MEYA is to provide youth with health insurance through the state of New Jersey until the age of 26.
You may be eligible for health care coverage under the Medicaid Extension for Young Adults (MEYA) program until age 26. Income is not a factor in this process. Applicants should discuss their eligibility with either their CP&P case worker, call or email MEYA at 1-888-235-4766 or DCF.MEYA@dcf.nj.gov.
If you qualify for MEYA and are moving out of state, what’s next?
Beginning 1/1/2023, states must now cover youth who have aged out of care at 18-21, regardless of the state in which they lived.
- These changes are effective for young adults who turn 18 on or after 1/1/2023, however some states may honor eligibility even if your birthdate is before 1/1/2005.
- You can access the Medicaid website for any state by clicking on links below and apply:
To replace your Health Benefits Identification (HBID) card, please call 1-877-414-9251
To select or change your HMO, please call 1-800-701-0710
To replace your HMO card, or to request a new Primary Care Physician, please call your HMO Member services:
- Aetna: 1-855-232-3596
Find a provider | Aetna Better Health of New Jersey
- Amerigroup New Jersey, Inc.: 1-800-452-7101
Amerigroup - Search homepage (healthsparq.com)
- Horizon NJ Health: 1-800-682-9094
Find Horizon NJ Health Doctors - Horizon NJ Health
- United Healthcare Community Plan: 1-855-202-0713
Select Plan | Guided Search | Find Care (werally.com)
- WellCare Health Plans of NJ: 1-877-334-2462
To replace your HMO card call the number above.
Find a Provider | Wellcare
A privately held health insurance plan is health insurance that you, or a member of your family, enroll in to provide coverage. In many cases, this insurance is available through an employer, or purchased on the NJ Health Insurance Exchange website. Private insurance is not provided on the federal or state level through programs like Medicaid or NJ FamilyCare,but may be subsidized if you meet certain income guidelines.
Yes, a person may be covered under their caregiver’s health insurance plan until at least the age of 26.
Locate the existing policy and visit the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance website for additional information:
Yes, you can enroll in affordable, private insurance through GetCovered NJ and may be eligible for subsidized health insurance based on your income. Open Enrollment happens once a year, from November 1 to January 31. It is typically the only time you can enroll in coverage unless you have a qualifying life event.
Get an itemized medical bill listing precisely what services are being paid for. If a service is listed that you did not receive, call the hospital to have it removed from the billing.
There are multiple sites online that provide information about the cost of medical service. One option is Fair Health Consumer. On this site you can input information for insurance, zip code, etc. Search for the option that matches your billing and find the corresponding Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code on your bill. The rough pricing of what the services are will be listed for you to compare to your bill to see if it is high, low, or the exact amount you should be paying.
Many medical bills are not often set in stone when an individual is mailed a bill. Oftentimes, there is the option to call the hospital’s billing department. Even if your bill was correctly priced, you can negotiate it down.
Contact your healthcare provider about the billing issues. You should then get in touch with your insurer and contact the credit provider to submit a credit complaint. You can find more information on this process here: Understanding Medical Bills