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Health Care Reform

The Star-Ledger — Tuesday, March 26, 2013

By Letters to the Editor / The Star-Ledger

March 23 marked the third anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. Regardless of which side of the debate you were on, this anniversary offers an opportunity for us to put the past behind us and take advantage of health care reform that will benefit all New Jerseyans.

Starting Oct. 1, uninsured New Jerseyans will be able to purchase affordable health insurance plans on a web-based marketplace. Those purchasing plans on the marketplace will also be able to simultaneously access federal subsidies to offset the cost of insurance. The subsidies will be available to families earning as much as $94,200.

New Jersey's uninsured reflect the diversity of our state. They are representative of every age group, ethnicity, gender, race, region and socioeconomic status.

To educate New Jerseyans and to help those eligible to enroll, the New Jersey for Health Care Coalition, in partnership with New Jersey Citizen Action, has announced plans to train an army of ambassadors to conduct education and outreach statewide. We invite you to join with us in these efforts.

With health care reform now a reality, now is the time to come together, put the battles behind us and focus on our future — one in which every citizen has access to affordable, quality health care services.

— Maura Collinsgru, health policy advocate, New Jersey Citizen Action

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