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NJ Could Make Health Care More Affordable

By Julie Daurio, WBGO News
December 4, 2013

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Consumer advocates are saying the state should be doing more to help make health care truly affordable.

The goal of the Affordable Care Act is to provide all Americans with comprehensive health care. But according to NJ Policy Perspective, some consumers still have substandard “basic and essential plans” that don’t comply with Obamacare.

There is the option to extend these plans through next year, but Senior Policy Analyst Ray Castro says people wouldn’t want to renew their substandard plans if comprehensive coverage through the exchange were more affordable.

“It’s not whether people can keep plans; I think everyone would like better coverage. What they’re concerned about is the cost. The federal government is going to help out with subsidies, but I think the state can help as well.”

Castro says the state should be giving additional financial assistance to consumers because of the state’s higher cost of living. 

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