It’s no wonder that there was an enthusiastic public response to the federally operated state health exchange yesterday, the first day that it was available for review by the public. According to statehealthfacts.org, a website run by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 16 percent of New Jerseyans are without health insurance. That translates into more than 1.3 million people.
Of those that do have health insurance, 54 percent get it through an employer and 4 percent have individual plans. (Individuals and small businesses will also be able to purchase health insurance on the exchange.) The rest get it from the government itself, with 13 percent of New Jerseyans on Medicare and 12 percent signed up for Medicaid.