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October 28, 2016

The Affordable Care Act may be running up against some serious obstacles in its third year of full implementation but one aspect of the law that New Jersey can be proud of is the number of previously uninsured children that now have health protection. A study by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families released this week shows that in New Jersey, the number of uninsured children dropped by 38,000 or 34 percent between 2013 and 2015. There are still 75,000 children without healthcare coverage in New Jersey.

The report shows that we know how to confront intolerable problems such as children going without healthcare coverage,” said Raymond Castro, Senior Policy Analyst at New Jersey Policy Perspective. “It also shows that while New Jersey has made major progress in insuring children, the state remains in the middle of the pack nationally. To reverse this trend, New Jersey should carry out commonsense measures like improving outreach and providing more continuous insurance coverage in NJ FamilyCare.”

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