Rutgers: Monitoring ACA Implementation in New Jersey

Two new publications from the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy (CSHP): “Awareness of the ACA and Early Enrollment in New Jersey, Results from Late 2013” and “The Patient-Provider Relationship Among New Jersey Immigrant Adults.” These Facts & Findings were supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and report on topics relevant to implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in New Jersey.

“Awareness of the ACA and Early Enrollment in New Jersey, Results from Late 2013” is the first report using data from the Urban Institute’s Health Reform Monitoring Survey for New Jersey (HRMS-NJ). It compares New Jersey to the northeastern United States and the nation overall in terms of residents’ awareness of and experience with the health insurance Marketplace, health insurance literacy, and expectations of health reform.

Here are a few key findings:

  • In late 2013, over half of New Jersey residents had heard “some or a lot” about the health insurance Marketplace and about a third had looked or planned to look at the Marketplace.
  •  Compared to the Northeast region overall, New Jersey residents who visited the Marketplace reported more difficulty doing so.
  • Understanding of key insurance terms appears to be lower in New Jersey than in the Northeast overall.
  • Compared to the Northeast overall, uninsured New Jersey residents reported that they would be less likely to enroll in an individual (non-group) plan and more likely to remain uninsured.
  • While generally not optimistic about the anticipated impact of health reform in the future, New Jersey residents were not as negative as their counterparts in other regions.

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