Job losses lead to a record number of people losing their health insurance

Millions have lost their health insurance in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Between February and May, an estimated 5.4 million workers, including 124,000 in New Jersey, lost their health care coverage. That’s a record breaking number and is much higher than what was sen during the last recession, according to FamiliesUSA, a nonpartisan group. The organization is pushing Congress to provide additional financial assistance for unemployed workers to buy their own health insurance.

The Borgata Hotel and Casino has announced it will reopen July 26. Atlantic City’s other casinos opened before the Fourth of July holiday, but the Borgata decided not to because of the continued ban on indoor dining. When the property reopens, it will have new outdoor dining options, including a beer garden and food trucks. More in-room dining options will be offered too. The casino will limit capacity to 25%.

Meantime, some lawmakers are working on a bill to reimburse restaurant owners for losses they incurred when the indoor dining ban was extended.