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NJ Steps Up Efforts To Get People To Enroll In Obamacare

KYW Newsradio 1060 — October 31, 2018

BY Michael Hill, Correspondent

TRENTON, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Open enrollment under Obamacare begins Nov. 1, and this time, New Jersey is jumping on the bandwagon in a big way.

The Garden State hasn't embraced the program until now.

"We are thrilled to finally stand here in 2018 in partnership with the State of New Jersey," Maura Collinsgru, health care program director for New Jersey Citizen Action, said at a news conference in Trenton. "For five years, New Jersey's administration had been absent from the efforts to enroll people and state residents in the Affordable Care Act."

Now the state will crank up a six-week informational campaign topped by a new website that will help people sign up. Gov. Phil Murphy has signed two measures aimed at filling the gap when Congress eliminated the individual coverage mandate. Now there's a state mandate, but premiums for next year are expected to be 9 percent lower on average.

"Take it from New Jersey," Murphy said in a direct message to President Donald Trump. "When you uphold the principles of the Affordable Care Act, you end up with more affordable health care. Period."

Open enrollment is set to expire Dec. 15.

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