Rockaway real-estate agent Jean Scully said healthcare was all but inaccessible to her last year. Scully said she suffers hypertension and made a trip to the emergency room last summer due to chest pains. After being told that she wasn’t having a heart attack, she chose to leave the hospital despite needing more tests because she couldn’t afford the procedures.
“I really thought I was going to die, I thought my kids are going to find me dead in the morning. ,. But now I don’t have to do this ever again,” Scully said.. She recently had her first physical in 10 years.
“I never thought I would have health insurance again until I was old enough for Medicare, and I really didn’t think that I was going to live that long,” she said.
Assemblyman Louis Greenwald (D-Burlington and Camden) said access to insurance allows residents to improve the quality of their lives.
“If you’re not worrying about your healthcare [or] your children’s healthcare, it’s easier to go out and find job and to take care of your family in a very meaningful way,” Greenwald said. “There’s so many ripple effects to this that are so critically important, we’re blessed to have this opportunity.”
New Jersey for Enroll America State Director Justine Ceserano said the legislative participation was the largest in the country. She described the lawmakers as “truly the trusted messengers in the communities that they represent.”
Ceserano said the information available at the legislators’ offices would be in both English and Spanish. “We urge every New Jersey resident to take advantage of this historic opportunity to get coverage by March 31,” she said.
The other legislators who joined the effort are Senators Robert M. Gordon (D-Bergen and Passaic); Linda R. Greenstein (D-Mercer and Middlesex); and Joseph F. Vitale (D-Middlesex), as well as Assembly members Daniel R. Benson (D-Mercer and Middlesex), Upendra J. Chivukula (D-Middlesex and Somerset), Angel Fuentes (Camden and Gloucester), Nancy J. Pinkin (D-Middlesex), Troy Singleton (D-Burlington), and Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Hunterdon and Mercer