Unemployed in New Jersey? You could get almost free health insurance


It sounds like a mistake, almost too good to be true, but it is for real.

If you’ve been unemployed for a while in New Jersey this year, you can get good health insurance coverage for around 3 cents a day.

According to State Banking and Insurance Commissioner Marlene Caride, after New Jersey created its own state stock exchange for health plans, President Biden signed the US bailout, which includes funding for health plans. health insurance subsidies for those who received unemployment benefits in 2021.

She said that open enrollment for health insurance has been extended until the end of this year, and if you’ve been unem- ployed for a period of time this year in Garden State “you will be entitled to benefits. additional tax credits so you can find plans that monthly premium could be less than a dollar.

“You can check out the plans that we have on our website and some of those plans have a premium of less than a dollar a month,” she said.

Caride said all information is available on the getcovered.nj.gov website, “and of course, this will also save the consumer on reimbursable costs, such as copayments.”

Caride stated that to be eligible for this type of insurance coverage, in addition to being unemployed at some point this year, you must be a resident of New Jersey and not have any other type of health coverage.

She said going through this pandemic has taught valuable lessons.

“You know how important it is to be able to go to the ER and not have to worry about how you’re going to pay for it,” she said. “Health coverage is so important for the health of your family, and just for the mental well-being of your family as well.”

She added at this point “there’s really no reason New Jersey residents can’t be insured.”

You can contact reporter David Matthau at [email protected]

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