New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine has announced a new program to increase access to health insurance for children in the state.
The plan would by take advantage of the state’s purchasing power to extend its existing FamilyCare program to children whose family income exceeds current eligibility rules. As many as 15,000 uninsured children may qualify to enroll in this program, state officials estimate. Children would be enrolled in the plan for a monthly fee, starting in early 2008.
Already more than 100,000 N.J. children are enrolled in FamilyCare, and the new “buy-in” plan would make it affordable to more families, Corzine said in announcing the plan during a speech at the Woodbridge shopping mall.