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CoberturaNJ.org Launched

MyCentralJersey.com — Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Written by Bradley W. Wadlow

A coalition of consumer, community and provider groups working to connect New Jerseyans to coverage available under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), recently announced the launch of www.CoberturaNJ.org.

This new Spanish language site is an expansion of CoverNJ, a website the group launched to help connect New Jersey consumers to local health coverage enrollment assistance and information. CoberturaNJ mirrors the content of CoverNJ, helping Spanish speaking consumers find information on how and where to access ACA information and enrollment.

The site features a comprehensive listing of locations consumers can find bi-lingual enrollment assisters, a listing of statewide ACA outreach and enrollment events, and a blog that will feature health news and tips targeted to those in the Latino community.

"There's still a great need in the Latino community for ACA information and enrollment assistance. CoberturaNJ gives consumers a reliable and local resource that can help bridge the information and enrollment gap that exists in the Spanish speaking community in New Jersey," said Aida Rivera, Health Organizer for New Jersey Citizen Action, in a prepared statement.

Enrollment is open through Feb. 15. Those who fail to sign up by that date may have to pay a penalty of $325 or more. Outreach and enrollment groups across the state are working to educate and engage consumers, hoping those who need it will enroll before the deadline. Only individuals who are eligible for Medicaid or who have a circumstance that changes their eligibility throughout the year will be able to apply after Feb. 15. Dates for the next open enrollment period are not yet firm, but are expected to begin in October.

The website operated by New Jersey Citizen Action will enable consumers to look up and connect with a bi-lingual assister or ACA event in their local area. "We encounter individuals everyday that can benefit from the insurance now available to them because of the Affordable Care Act. We are excited to have a Latino focused resource to help spread the word to members of our community and connect them to the coverage so many of them need," said Angela Gonzalez, executive director of Servicios Latinos, a community organization serving Burlington and Camden residents, in the prepared statement.

CoberturaNJ.org will be regularly updated with news and information on the ACA. Community groups who are interested in holding events or posting their events to www.CoberturaNJ.org can contact the Coalition via the website.

NJ For Health Care convened by New Jersey Citizen Action, is a coalition of consumer, health care, community, social service, labor, faith-based, senior and civil rights organizations working to make high quality, affordable health care available for all New Jerseyans. The ACA Work Group is a collaborative of consumer, provider and social service agencies working together to connect New Jerseyans to new health insurance options available under the ACA.

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