Health Insurance Exchange Opens in NJ
By Julie Daurio, WBGO News
October 1, 2013
Tuesday marked the first day of the six-month open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act. Local community groups are facilitating outreach efforts to inform the public about their healthcare options.
At a healthcare information event in East Orange, facilitators were on hand to answer questions from the uninsured about the new health exchange.
Dr. Pamela Clarke is President and C.E.O. of Newark Community Health Centers. She says the biggest challenge facing the uninsured is a lack of information.
“Let us be frank here: even before October 1st, people weren’t sure what was available to them; they didn’t know what type of insurance plan would be out there. They had no idea. And so to me, it’s lack of information. And so we need to guide people to healthcare.gov so that they can be informed.”
State Senator Nia Gill says it’s up to community-based groups to get the word out because Governor Christie hasn’t used available federal funds to inform the public about their options.