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NJ senate committee approves healthcare reform education bill

On Monday, the New Jersey Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee approved a bill that would mandate the establishment of a public awareness initiative to educate residents about the state’s insurance benefits exchange.

PolitickerNJ explained the bill is sponsored by Sen. Nia Gill, who has expressed a commitment to help New Jersey residents access the information they need about healthcare reform. Under the Affordable Care Act, uninsured individuals and employers will be able to enroll in their state’s healthcare marketplaces beginning October 1. The exchanges are set to open January 1, 2014.

“With the enrollment date coming upon us quickly, we have to make sure that the general public is well aware of the benefits available and the procedures they must follow to access them,” said Gill.

She explained a statewide awareness campaign is necessary to guarantee New Jersey residents understand their options.

Under the terms of the bill, the commissioner of the Department of Banking and Insurance would be required to establish an initiative open to the public that disperse information about healthcare eligibility and enrollment procedures. In addition, the DBOI would have to create a website and provide links to relevant, reputable resources.

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Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe likes to write about things that matter. Keeping her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the public sector world, she blogs about the latest legislative news and employee benefit trends that affect our school, city and county clients. She’s been with NIS since 2002. “I love connecting to our clients and providing them with the tools they need in order to administrate their plan,” says Erin. “Whether that be materials to educate their employees on certain benefits, how to effectively communicate change within an organization or just providing tips and how-to’s to help them make their job easier.”

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