DefinitionPercentage of New Jersey residents with or without health insurance coverage
NumeratorNumber of persons surveyed who did or did not have health insurance coverage at the time of the interview
DenominatorTotal number of persons in the survey sample
Why Is This Important?Lack of health insurance is strongly associated with lack of access to health care services, particularly preventive and primary care. The uninsured are significantly more likely to be in fair or poor health, to have unmet medical needs or surgical care, not to have had a physician or other health professional visit, and to lack satisfaction in quality of care received.
Healthy People Objective: Increase the proportion of persons with health insurance: Medical insuranceU.S. Target: 100 percent
Other Objectives'''Revised Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective AHS-1a''': Increase the proportion of persons under 65 years of age with health insurance to 93.3% among the total population, 99.1% among Whites, 93% among Blacks, and 86.7% among Hispanics.
'''Revised Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective AHS-1b''': Increase the proportion of persons under 19 years of age with health insurance to 96.5%.
How Are We Doing?With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act beginning in 2014, a distinct decrease was seen in the proportion of uninsured persons in 2014, 2015, and 2016.
The targets for persons under 19 years of age and Whites and Hispanics under 65 years of age were met by mid-decade, so new, more challenging targets were set.
How Do We Compare With the U.S.?New Jersey has a lower proportion of residents under age 65 lacking health insurance compared to the U.S. as a whole.
What Is Being Done?NJ FamilyCare is a federal- and state-funded health insurance program created to help qualified New Jersey residents of any age access affordable health insurance. NJ FamilyCare is for people who do not have employer insurance.
Beginning January 2014, NJ FamilyCare - New Jersey's publicly funded health insurance program - includes CHIP, Medicaid and Medicaid expansion populations. That means qualified NJ residents of any age may be eligible for free or low cost health insurance that covers doctor visits, prescriptions, vision, dental care, mental health and substance use services and even hospitalization.