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200K-plus in N.J. have signed up for insurance through HealthCare.gov, government says

Beth Fitzgerald//January 21, 2015

200K-plus in N.J. have signed up for insurance through HealthCare.gov, government says

Beth Fitzgerald//January 21, 2015

More than 200,000 New Jerseyans and about 7.2 million people nationwide have enrolled in a 2015 health insurance plan via the online insurance exchange at HealthCare.gov as of Jan. 16, the federal government announced Wednesday.Feb. 15 is the deadline to enroll at HealthCare.gov under the Affordable Care Act, where most applicants have qualified for a federal subsidy to defray the cost of coverage.

The federal Department of Health and Human Services said 211,788 New Jerseyans have enrolled as of Jan. 16.

Open enrollment for 2015 coverage began Nov. 15, and HHS said in the first month 82 percent of New Jerseyans who selected plans were determined to be eligible for financial assistance to lower their monthly premiums.

HHS said 61 percent of New Jerseyans who enrolled as of December 2014 could obtain coverage for $100 or less a month after any applicable tax credits in 2015.

Five insurance companies are selling policies to New Jerseyans at HealthCare.gov: Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey; AmeriHealth New Jersey; Health Republic Insurance of New Jersey; UnitedHealthcare/Oxford; and Oscar Insurance.

According to HHS, New Jerseyans can choose from an average of 45 health plans in their county for 2015 coverage, up from 26 in 2014. Online information is available at HealthCare.gov and CuidadoDeSalud.gov, and help is available toll-free, in 150 languages, by phone at (800) 318-2596 and for the hearing impaired at (855) 889-4325. Consumers can find in-person assistance through the website localhelp.healthcare.gov.

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