NJ For Health Care is dedicated to common sense solutions to ensure that every New Jerseyan can get the care they need when they need it.
Quality, affordable health care is increasingly out of reach for many hardworking New Jersey families. People who work for a living ought to be able to take their kids to a doctor, and people who are retired, ill, or temporarily out of work shouldn't risk losing their life savings because of illness.
TAKE ACTION! Support the "Out of Network Transparency Act" – UPDATED
It seems no one escapes surprise medical bills these days. We've all been there, especially when facing a serious illness. Mystery bills.
The "Out of Network Transparency Act" will protect us from surprise medical bills by prohibiting out of network billing in urgent and emergency situations and by letting consumers know they are dealing with an out of network provider before they get care — and a nasty bill. But there's something else.
By limiting out of network charges in our health care system, everyone will benefit from lower health care costs. And that is something we can all agree is needed. But the opposition from highly paid specialists and for-profit hospital owners is threatening to stop the bill from becoming law.
UPDATED September 9, 2015 with two new resources:
- Surprise Medical Bills: What they are and how to stop them, while ensuring access to needed services and adequate payment to providers (click here for PDF).
- Media Release: Victims of Surprise Medical Bills Join with Advocates to Issue New Report (click here for PDF).
**UPDATE** Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment November 15 – February 15
|NEED HEALTH INSURANCE?
ANYONE CAN ENROLL NOVEMBER 15 – FEBRUARY 15
- You have from November 15, 2014 to February 15, 2015 to sign up and pick a plan.
- You could get help paying for your insurance. Four out of five people who got covered in New Jersey/nationwide qualified for financial help.
- You can get free in-person application help. A New Jersey Citizen Action Certified Application Counselor can answer your questions and guide you through the application process. Call New Jersey Citizen Action for an appointment 1-888-829-3711
- Every plan covers the essentials including doctor visits, preventative care and prescriptions. There are different types of plans available to fit your needs and your budget.
Call for an appointment: 1-888-829-3711 — Hablamos Español
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9am – 7pm; Saturday 10am – 4pm
Closed on Sunday and Monday
Address: New Jersey Citizen Action
165 Halsey Street (between Bank Street & West Market)
Newark, NJ 07102
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Save Our Community Hospitals For the Community — Not For Profit
The Campaign to Protect Community Healthcare represents New Jersey residents, health care advocates, community leaders, elected officials, healthcare and insurance providers, unions representing health care workers and policy experts working together to protect and advance access to quality and affordable health care for all New Jerseyans.
We believe that the growing and aggressive expansion of certain health care business models in our communities threatens access to care for many residents, shifts costs to other consumers and providers, weakens quality standards and diminishes the standard of living for the healthcare workforce.
TAKE ACTION! Please click here to sign our petition being sent to Department of Health Commissioner Mary O'Dowd about Prime Healthcare Services and the sale of our community hospitals.
What is a Health Insurance Exchange?
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) makes great improvements to access and affordability in our health care system. One major way that the law does this is by establishing new state health insurance exchanges. A health insurance exchange is a virtual marketplace intended to make purchasing health insurance more transparent and affordable for consumers. An ideal health insurance exchange would create competition, transparency and accountability in the insurance market, therefore bringing down the cost of insurance premiums for consumers.
Under the ACA, states are required to establish these state level health insurance exchanges or allow the federal government to establish an exchange for their state. It is also the only provision in the law that requires states to include stakeholders in the planning process. On January 1st, 2013, all 50 states must submit a proposal for their own health insurance exchange to the federal government and by 2014 all exchanges must be implemented. So far New Jersey has received $1 million to begin planning for a New Jersey exchange. The NJ for Health Care Coalition believes that a good exchange must meet the following principles... CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS about establishing a pro-consumer NJ health insurance exchange.
GOT HEALTHCARE QUESTIONS?
Call Us Toll Free at
1-888-NJ GET WELL
- How Will My Family Get Health Insurance?
- Will My Coverage be Adequate?
- Will I be Able to Afford Coverage?
- How do I Use the Coverage Once I am Enrolled?
- How will the New Federal Health Reform Law Help Me and My Family?
The NJ Consumer Health Helpline is a Free Health Care Consumer Assistance Program working to ensure that consumers are able to access affordable, quality health care and effectively navigate the often complex health insurance system. The Helpline also provides vital information to policy makers by identifying and addressing health care related problems as they occur in real time in our communities.
Our Helpline Counselors are trained and have up-to-date information about healthcare coverage in New Jersey, where to go if you have a problem with your insurance company and how to access other health related programs. NJCA is an independent, statewide education and advocacy organization. We are not a government agency. We work to ensure that all New Jersey residents have access to high quality and affordable health care.
For more information contact Yarrow Willman-Cole at email@example.com. Download this program's flyer in English or flyer in Spanish. Funding for the New Jersey for Health Care Consumer Helpline Project was provided by the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey. Like the Health Helpline on Facebook!
On Sunday evening, March 21, 2010 the U.S. House of Representatives PASSED comprehensive national health care reform by a vote of 219 to 212.
Everyone who played a role in achieving this historic victory should be extremely proud. For the first time in history, a comprehensive health care bill has passed both Houses of Congress. The bill will give health care to 32 million Americans and save over 30,000 lives per year. And it will regulate the insurance companies so they can no longer deny care for pre-existing conditions, charge you more if you're sick, put limits on your benefits, or increase rates with impunity. Read the full details.
Join the NJ For Health Care Campaign — whether you are an individual, organization, or business owner — to help make guaranteed access to high quality, affordable health care a reality for all New Jerseyans.
- Are you a small business owner? Learn about the NJ Main Street Alliance.
- Are you a policymaker? New Jerseyans share their own health care stories.