October 5, 2018 | Number of The Day
Decline in uninsured adults in NJ between 2011 and 2017

Thanks to the expanded coverage offered by the Affordable Care Act, the number of uninsured adults in New Jersey has declined steadily since 2011, dropping from 18 percent to 11 percent in 2017, according to data released by To the Point, a website maintained by The Commonwealth Fund. New Jersey’s ACA coverage stats closely track the nation’s numbers; the percentage of uninsured adults went from 21 percent (2011) to 12 percent (2017).

A total of 274,782 people in the Garden State are covered under a marketplace plan. Some 77 percent of these receive a premium tax credit, to help offset the cost of coverage. Another 1.78 million residents are enrolled through Medicaid and CHIP. (These figures reflect 2018 enrollment.)

The percentage of adults in New Jersey who went without insurance because of cost climbed slightly, starting at 17 percent in 2011 before finishing slightly lower, at 16 percent, in 2017.

The Commonwealth Fund promotes a high-performing healthcare system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society’s most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, and people of color.