Gill Urges Residents to ‘Get Covered’ During ACA Open Enrollment Period

Senator Nia Gill at the first meeting of the Senate Task Force on Health Insurance Exchange Implementation

TRENTON – Senator Nia H. Gill (D-Essex/Passaic) today encouraged residents to sign up for health care during the six-week Affordable Care Act open enrollment period which began this week, and ends Dec. 15:

“The Affordable Care Act open enrollment period began this week and, despite the rhetoric coming out of Washington, the ACA remains in place and is providing residents access to affordable, quality health care.

 “The next six weeks is a critical time for people to get the health insurance plan that best suits their families’ needs. Making sure residents have access to information during this open enrollment period will be more challenging than in past years since the Trump Administration slashed funding to navigators which historically have guided consumers through the purchasing process, particularly those who are low-income or with language barriers. The enrollment period is also shorter than in previous years, which makes this task even more difficult.

 “We have to be even more proactive about getting the word out and making sure that residents have access to the information they need. This will take elected officials, community organizations, the media and many others working together to ensure our residents sign up for health care. We’ve made great progress since enactment of the landmark law, but we must continue our work to ensure that everyone has health insurance. Now is the time for New Jerseyans to sign up and get covered.”

Residents can enroll in health insurance at www.healthcare.gov and find information and local enrollment assistance sites at www.covernj.org.