This year’s Open Enrollment Period ran for six weeks, from November 1 through December 15. Open Enrollment occurs once each year and it is the only time when you can enroll in coverage, unless you experience a major life event (such as having a baby, moving, or losing or changing jobs) that qualifies you for special enrollment OR if you’re eligible for the state’s NJ FamilyCare program, in which you can enroll year-round.
This year, health plan rates are down in New Jersey. And you might receive financial help to lower the cost of your plan. Last year, about 8 out of 10 New Jersey residents purchasing on the Marketplace received a tax credit to pay for their plan. Plans and prices change every year, so it’s important to check out your options to ensure you find the plan that fits your needs and your budget. In addition, the state’s NJ FamilyCare health insurance program provides free to low-cost health coverage to qualified residents of any age. Eligibility is based on income and household size.
In 2018, nearly 200,000 New Jerseyans got a tax credit to help pay for their plan. In New Jersey, a family of four earning up to about $100,400 a year and an individual earning up to about $48,560 a year can qualify. In fact, in 2018 the average individual saved $442 a month with a tax credit.
Yes. New Jersey is committed to making sure health insurance is available and affordable to all residents. To help with this, the state has kept in place a requirement for New Jersey residents to have health coverage or make a shared responsibility payment during tax time. Making sure all residents have health coverage helps ensure there are more health plans available for consumers to pick from, that premiums remain affordable, and that comprehensive coverage is available for all who need it – including people with pre-existing conditions. Any funds from this penalty collected by the state are dedicated to reducing the cost of health insurance for individuals. Through New Jersey’s efforts to stabilize our insurance market, we’ve seen a nearly 10 percent drop in health insurance premiums this year alone.
More detailed information on New Jersey’s health insurance requirement and the Shared Responsibility Payment may be found here:.
Plans and prices change every year so it's important to see what's new. For the first time in New Jersey, if you don't qualify for a tax credit on the Marketplace, silver plans available Off The Marketplace (purchased directly from the carrier) may be more affordable. The bottom line is that if you are not eligible for financial help, be sure to shop around. Check out your options both on and off the Marketplace.
Short-Term Limited Duration plans are prohibited in New Jersey. Sometimes called "skimpy" plans, they don't cover the basic services you would expect from insurance and that are required in New Jersey. Plans offered at HealthCare.gov/Marketplace and in New Jersey's individual market Off The Marketplace cover comprehensive benefits like preventive care, check-ups, prescriptions, hospitalizations, maternity care, mental health care, and more.
Free help is available to find a health insurance plan that’s right for you. You can find a trained assister in your community on the Get Help page of GetCovered.NJ.gov to talk about your health insurance options and to get help enrolling.”