November 9, 2015
NPR recently reported that enrollment in the Affordable Care Act continues to be hampered by high costs and general confusion around the law and its requirements.
This is especially relevant to the more than 110,000 Newark residents who are without health insurance.
As part of the Affordable Care Act’s third open enrollment season (November 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016), NPR says “federal officials are hoping to reach about a million uninsured people nationwide [and] Newark is one of five areas – along with Houston, Dallas, Chicago and Miami – where the federal government is focusing enrollment efforts.”
Shah founded Be Jersey Strong to coordinate the statewide effort and to be the “helping hand” for uninsured individuals seeking answers and informed input on their health insurance options.
“As a healthcare provider, there are few things more heartbreaking than watching patients leave the hospital with more stress and anxiety than they came in with simply because you gave them the care that they needed,” said Shah. “Be Jersey Strong is a grassroots movement to change that reality, and I couldn’t be more grateful to the Community Foundation of New Jersey for helping us do exactly that.”