New Jersey is ranked the eighth healthiest state to live in according to the 2012 edition of America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation. This is the state's highest ranking since reporting began in 1990.
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State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for New Jersey, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
New Jersey does not have a state risk pool. The state has guaranteed-issue meaning all citizens will be accepted at the same premium regardless of their health. Thus New Yorkers are lucky to have access to health insurance that is much better than a risk pool (which almost always charges a higher-than-the-going-rate because it is made up of uninsurable people).
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Starting in 2010, New Jersey started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. To find out more about New Jersey's participation, click here.
Risk pools are state-sponsored programs to help people with a history of medical problems in their family to purchase coverage. These pools are for people who can afford to buy health insurance, but are not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition. These programs can vary significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state are required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black. In the best cases, they allow people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.
What Is New Jersey Health Insurance Reform? — The New Jersey Legislature in 1992 created two programs to guarantee access to health coverage for individuals and small employers, regardless of health status, age, claims history, or any other risk factor.
New Jersey Department of Banking & Insurance — Information for health insurance consumers from the State of New Jersey.
New Jersey Medicaid — Medicaid provides health insurance to parents/caretakers and dependant children, pregnant women, and people who are aged, blind or disabled. These programs pay for hospital services, doctor visits, prescriptions, nursing home care and other healthcare needs, depending on what program a person is eligible for.
NJ FamilyCare — Low cost or no cost health insurance program from the State of New Jersey kids and certain low-income parents.
New Jersey Shopping for Health Insurance — Provides information health insurance for citizen’s of New Jersey.
NJ:One Plan, One Nation — A labor and grassroots coalition that advocates single-payer health care for all Americans. We use HR 676 — the United States National Health Care Act, also known as Expanded and Improved Medicare for All — as a template.
New Jersey for Health Care — Dedicated to common sense solutions to ensure that every New Jerseyan can get the care they need when they need it.
New Jersey Citizen Action — Working for quality of health care for all who live in New Jersey.
State-specfic information on the Physicans National Health Program in New Jersey.
The Affordable Care Act: Immediate Benefits for New Jersey -- How the Affordable Health Care act will improve the lives of people living in New Jersey.
Why health care reform is important to New Jersey -- This 2009 document by the AARP provides a compelling case f for health reform in New Jersey.
The Benefits of Health Reform In New Jersey -- The Democratic Policy Committee of the United States Senate looks at benefits of health reform for the citizens of New Jersey.
New Jersey Consumer Health Helpline — A free program that helps consumers access affordable, quality health care and effectively navigate the often complex health insurance system, sponsored by CitizenAction Education Fund.
New Jersey mental health resource guide, offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Government.
The National Coalition on Health Care's information for New Jersey -- America's oldest, most diverse, and broadest based group working to achieve comprehensive health system reform.
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Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $300 per family in 2012.
12/07/2012 10:12 PM
Politico — Gov. Christie again vetoed a bill to establish a state-run exchange for New Jersey. Christie echoed other Republican governors, saying the federal government hasn’t provided enough guidance or explained potential costs.
10/20/2012 2:10 PM
philly.com — For the second time this year, the New Jersey Assembly has sent a bill for a state-run health insurance exchange to Gov. Christie. Christie vetoed the first bill in May 2012 and plans to wait until after the Nov. 6 elections to decide whether to sign the latest bill.
10/11/2012 7:10 PM
NorthJersey.com — The Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee approved legislation to create a state-run health insurance exchange, and the bill will go to the full Assembly. The Senate passed similar legislation earlier in October.
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