In New Jersey, Open Enrollment for plan year 2021 is November 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021. Enroll by December 31, 2020 for January 1, 2021 coverage.
Dear patient: If you’re transferring your account from Healthcare.gov you must bring the ACCESS code letter they mailed out about a month ago. If not, you can call customer service at 833-677-1010.
Documents and information, you need to bring:
- Active Email Address
- Home and/or mailing addresses
- Birth Dates
- Social Security numbers
- Document information for legal immigrants, if applicable
- Employer and income information for every member of your household (for example, pay stubs or W-2 forms)
- Your best estimate of what your household income will be in 2021
- Policy numbers for any current health plans covering members of your household
If you need assistance with enrolling, please ask to speak to one of our Certified Assisters.
You may also contact us at 201-451-6300 ext. 5580 or text us at 201-451-6300.
Shop and Compare
You can compare health plans and estimate how much financial help you might qualify for before you apply. Our shop and compare tool lets you compare plans based on your:
- eligibility for financial help
- monthly premiums
- covered doctors
- estimated total healthcare costs for the year.
Remember: Open Enrollment for plan year 2021 ends January 31, 2021. You must enroll by December 31, 2020 for January 1, 2021 coverage.
Open Enrollment is the yearly period when people can enroll in health coverage. You can enroll in or change coverage outside of Open Enrollment only if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period because of a life change such as having a baby or losing your job.
The shop and compare tool is only an estimate of your financial help. You will need to complete a GetCoveredNJ application to get your official eligibility results.
Once you find a health plan that is right for you, you can apply. You will get your official eligibility results and can enroll in the plan you chose. Or you can apply first to get your official eligibility results before you shop for plans.
The information you give on your application determines if you qualify for financial help. It also determines if you qualify for NJ FamilyCare, New Jersey’s publicly funded health insurance program with free or low-cost coverage.
Pay Your First Premium
Once you apply, you will need to pay your first month’s premium before your coverage can start. You will pay your premiums to your insurance company. You can pay your carrier directly and find more information about paying in your GetCoveredNJ account. Your coverage will not start until you pay your first premium.
Use Your Health Insurance
Once you enroll in a health plan and your coverage starts, you can use it to help cover medical costs for services like doctor visits, prescription drugs, and emergency care. Some basic and routine care is free.
Report Changes and Compare
If you have a change to your income or household size, you must update your application. Some changes will qualify you for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP). With an SEP, you can update your health plan. Some changes, like your income going up or down, may affect your financial help or eligibility for coverage. If you don’t update your application, you may miss savings. Or you may have to pay money back when you file your federal taxes.
If you have a Marketplace plan and chose auto-renewal, you will automatically be re-enrolled in the same health plan at Open Enrollment. Plans and prices change each year. You should compare your plan with new ones to find if there are savings.
You can cancel your plan at any time. But remember that there are health and financial risks to having coverage gaps and not having coverage. If you cancel your plan, you may not be able to choose a new one until the next Open Enrollment period. There is a requirement in New Jersey for individuals to maintain coverage.
To get assistance today, please call 201-451-6300 ext. 5580 and speak to our Certified Assister.
Get Covered New Jersey is the state’s official health insurance marketplace where individuals and families can easily shop for and buy coverage. It is the only place you can apply for financial help to lower the cost of your monthly insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs. You can learn if you might qualify for free or low-cost health insurance through NJ Family Care, New Jersey’s publicly funded health insurance program.
New Jersey employers can also find information on coverage for small businesses of up to 50 employees here.
Shop for and buy health insurance coverage through Get Covered New Jersey. Learn if you qualify for free to low-cost health insurance and Get Covered today. Open Enrollment for plan year 2021 is November 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021. Enroll by December 31, 2020 for January 1, 2021 coverage.