Earlier today, the New Jersey Senate and Assembly passed legislation (S3238) to establish the New Jersey Easy Enrollment Health Insurance Program. The program would add a checkbox on state income tax returns where uninsured residents can mark that they want to have their eligibility for health insurance programs evaluated and receive information on those options. Maryland already has a program like this in place and it has proven successful at getting young people, people of color, and low-income residents enrolled. In response to the bill passage, New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP) releases the following statement.
Brittany Holom-Trundy, Senior Policy Analyst, NJPP:
“New Jersey should use every tool at its disposal to enroll residents in comprehensive and affordable health care. By adding a simple check box to tax returns and unemployment insurance forms, lawmakers will make the enrollment process as easy as possible, especially for people who face information and technology barriers and struggle to enroll. We applaud the Senate and Assembly for passing S3238 and encourage Governor Murphy to sign this into law as soon as possible.”
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