New Jersey Policy Perspective

N.J. Readies Vote On Health Insurance Market As White House Unveils Exchange Blueprint

New Jersey Policy Perspective — Tuesday, March 13, 2012

By Jon Whiten

From the Associated Press (via the Bergen Record), March 12, 2012:

The Obama administration on Monday finalized an ambitious blueprint for new state-based health insurance markets that will offer consumers one-stop shopping along the lines of

It may sound simple, but getting there will be like running an obstacle course. The rule comes just two weeks before the Supreme Court takes up a challenge to the constitutionality of the law in a case brought by states. Many governors and legislators are on the sidelines awaiting the outcome, even as time is running out to act.

New Jersey has 1.3 million uninsured residents. A bill to create a new health insurance market called an "exchange," a version of which must be up and running in every state by Jan. 1, 2014, is slated for a vote by the full state Senate on Thursday and is expected to be posted the same day in the Assembly.

The AP reports that NJPP is part of a "coalition of consumer groups" that are holding a press conference today to support a bill creating New Jersey's exchange.

"The number of uninsured has been increasing every year in New Jersey from 2000 to 2010," says Jeff Brown of New Jersey Citizen Action, another member of the coalition. "We really need a solution to this growing problem, and we need a solution that makes sense for New Jersey."

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