State health care information for the criminal justice system

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For a glossary of important terms in this profile, review the Key Terms for State Health Care Information for Criminal Justice Systems.

Basic Information on Health Reform in New Jersey

New Jersey is expanding Medicaid coverage to low income adults.[i]  Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Plan) are safety net health benefit programs available in New Jersey.[ii]

Health Insurance Exchange Information: New Jersey has a Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM).   People can use the FFM to compare plans, purchase low-cost insurance, and take advantage of federal tax subsidies that apply.

Eligibility and Enrollment: People in New Jersey can apply for and enroll in Medicaid or CHIP any time of year and coverage can begin immediately. They can purchase and enroll in marketplace plans during the annual open enrollment period, which begins November 15th of each year and extends through February 15th.  If they meet certain criteria, such as having been released from custody in the last 90 days, they may be able to enroll in private coverage outside the open enrollment period. There are two ways people in New Jersey can see if they meet eligibility requirements and apply for or enroll in these benefits:

1) They use New Jersey’s online application for free or low cost benefits.[iii]

2) They can use the online application on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace.[iv]

 

New Jersey Medicaid and Health Insurance Links

Link to the state Medicaid agency website[v]

Link to important contact information and the Medicaid helpline number (1-800-701-0710)[vi]

Link to the location and contact information for the nearest district Medicaid office[vii]

Link to a summary of New Jersey’s basic eligibility guidelines[viii]

Link to information on New Jersey’s Medicaid State Plan for traditionally Medicaid-eligible individuals[ix]

Link to NJ’s Alternative Benefit Plan for newly Medicaid-eligible individuals under the ACA

Link to information on what is covered by Medicaid in New Jersey[x]

Link to contact information for the state Medicaid director[xi]

Link to the Medicaid provider manual[xii]

 

Where do you apply for coverage on New Jersey’s health insurance exchange?  New Jersey currently does not have its own health insurance exchange. Apply for coverage at Heathcare.gov.[xiii]

Where can you find help to enrollment in health coverage and answers to questions? Link to enrollment help[xiv]

 

State Health Information

How many people in New Jersey are eligible to participate?  According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 13.2% of New Jersey’s population (1,160,294) was uninsured in 2013. The total number of potential marketplace participants is 589,000.[xv]

How many are enrolled so far?  211,788 have selected a marketplace plan as of January 2015.[xvi]

How many of the state’s uninsured population are eligible for Medicaid? 37% of uninsured New Jersey residents (390,000) are eligible for Medicaid; 297,000 of them are adults, as of November 2014.[xvii]

                         

Is New Jersey a Medicaid health home state?  Yes, link to more information on health homes in New Jersey.[xviii]

Who are the health committee chairs in the state legislature?

Assembly: Assemblyman Herb Conaway Jr. (D-District 7) chairs the Health and Senior Services Committee.

Senate: Sen. Joseph F. Vitale (D-District 19) chairs the Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.[xix]

 

Other Related Information for New Jersey

Link to information on the New Jersey Department of Corrections [xx]

Link to the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services[xxi]

Link to the New Jersey Association of Mental Health & Addiction Agencies, Inc. to get information about New Jersey’s mental health and substance use disorder service providers

 

General Information and Useful Links on Health Reform

Kaiser Family Foundation offers information on health reform in each state:

Link to specific health data and insurance coverage information for New Jersey [xxii]

Link to a calculator for possible subsidies available to people who purchase coverage on the exchanges [xxiii]

Link to information about health insurance exchanges in each state [xxiv]

 

Government websites that offer useful information on health reform:

InsureKidsNow.gov offers general information on the CHIP program.[xxv]

Healthcare.gov offers links to local enrollment help  and information on coverage for incarcerated people and answers to questions about health benefits.[xxvi]

Medicaid.gov offers general information on the Medicaid program and a breakdown of mandatory benefits all plans must include. [xxvii]

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) offers an online directory of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in each state that offer free or low cost care.[xxviii]

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) offers a directory of substance abuse and mental health treatment facilities in each state at: SA-Treatment Facility Locator and at: MH-Treatment Facility Locator.[xxix]

SAMHSA also offers the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities, which has information on substance abuse treatment facilities by state, the types of programs available, and services they offer for justice-involved populations.[xxx]

 

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[i] See Healthcare.gov, Find out if you qualify for Medicaid and CHIP, New Jersey, last viewed at December 14, 2014, at 12:53 p.m., https://www.healthcare.gov/medicaid-chip/eligibility/.

[ii] See Medicaid.gov, Medicaid by Sate, New Jersey, last viewed at December 14, 2014, at 1:00 p.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/Medicaid-CHIP-Program-Information/By-State/new-jersey.html.

[iii] See New Jersey Family Care website, last viewed at December 14, 2014, at 1:14 p.m., http://www.njfamilycare.org/default.aspx.

[iv] See Healthcare.gov, Apply for health coverage, last viewed at December 14, 2014, at 1:19 p.m., https://www.healthcare.gov/apply-and-enroll/how-to-apply/.

[v] See New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services, last viewed at December 14, 2014, at 1:22 p.m., http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/dmahs/clients/medicaid/.

[vi] See New Jersey Family Care, Need help enrolling?, last viewed at December 14, 2014, at 1:37 p.m., http://www.njfamilycare.org/need_help.aspx.

[vii] See New Jersey Family Care, Need help enrolling?, last viewed at December 14, 2014, at 1:44 p.m., http://www.njfamilycare.org/need_help.aspx.

[viii] See New Jersey Family Care,  Who is Eligible?, last viewed at December 14, 2014, at 1:46 p.m., http://www.njfamilycare.org/who_eligbl.aspx.

[ix] See Medicaid.gov, State Resources, Medicaid State Plan Amendments, last viewed at December 14, 2014, at 1:48 p.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/State-Resource-Center/Medicaid-State-Plan-Amendments/Medicaid-State-Plan-Amendments.html?filterBy=New Jersey (Provides state plan amendments and summaries).

[x] See New Jersey Family Care, What does it cover?, last viewed at December 14, 2014, at 1:57 p.m., http://www.njfamilycare.org/what_cover.aspx.

[xi] See New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services, Meet the Director, last viewed at December 14, 2014, at 2:06 p.m., http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/dmahs/staff/director/.

[xii] See New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services, Eligibility and Service Manuals, last viewed at December 14, 2014, at 3:10 p.m., (The New Jersey Eligibility and Service Manuals are hosted by the LexisNexis free public access site for the N.J.A.C) http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/dmahs/info/resources/manuals/.

[xiii] See Healthcare.gov, Create an account, last viewed at December 14, 2014, at 6:08 p.m., https://www.healthcare.gov/marketplace/b/create-account/.

[xiv] See New Jersey Family Cars, Need help enrolling, last viewed at December 14, 2014, at 6:12 p.m., http://www.njfamilycare.org/need_help.aspx.

[xv] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, Health Insurance Coverage of the Total Population, December 14, 2014, at 4:11 p.m., http://kff.org/health-reform/fact-sheet/state-profiles-uninsured-under-aca-new-jersey/.

[xvi] See CMS, Medicaid & CHIP: June 2014 Monthly Applications, Eligibility Determinations and Enrollment Report August 8, 2014, last viewed at December 14, 2014, at 5:46 p.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/AffordableCareAct/Medicaid-Moving-Forward-2014/Downloads/June-2014-Enrollment-Report.pdf.

[xvii] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, State Profiles: How Will the Uninsured Fare Under the Affordable Care Act?, last viewed at December 14, 2014, at 5:46  p.m., http://kff.org/health-reform/fact-sheet/state-profiles-uninsured-under-aca-New Jersey/.

[xviii] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, Health Home State Plan Option, last viewed at December 14, 2014, at 9:18 p.m., http://kff.org/medicaid/state-indicator/health-home-state-plan-option/.

[xix] See the New Jersey Legislature, last viewed at December 14, 2014, at 6:20 p.m., http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/committees/ShowCommittee.asp.

[xx] See State of New Jersey Department of Corrections, last viewed at December 14, 2014, at 6:26 p.m., http://www.state.nj.us/corrections/pages/index.shtml.

[xxi] See New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, last viewed at December 14, 2014, at 6:34 p.m., https://njsams.rutgers.edu/dastxdirectory/txdirmain.htm.

[xxii] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-category/health-reform/?state=NJ.

[xxiii]  See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Insurance Marketplace Profiles, January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-health-marketplace-profiles/.

[xxiv]   See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Insurance Marketplace Profiles, January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-health-marketplace-profiles/.

[xxv]   See InsureKidsNow.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:37 p.m.: http://www.insurekidsnow.gov/chip/index.html.

[xxvi]  See Healthcare.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: https://localhelp.healthcare.gov/ and https://www.healthcare.gov/incarcerated-people/.

[xxvii] See Medicaid.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid-chip-program-information/medicaid-and-chip-program-information.html.

[xxviii] See Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Find a Health Center, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:40 p.m.: http://www.bphc.hrsa.gov/.

xxxi  See SAMSHA Treatment Facility Locator, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:40 p.m.: http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/TreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx and http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/MHTreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx

xxii See SAMHSA N-SSATS last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:45 p.m.: http://www.samhsa.gov/data/substance-abuse-facilities-data-nssats.

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