Catholic Charities helping uninsured children access health care

According to the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, there are 279,000 uninsured children in New Jersey eligible for the NJ Family Care Program, which offers free or low-cost health coverage for uninsured children 18 and younger, as well as for some low-income parents.

Children who have health insurance are more likely to be healthy as newborns, more likely to receive needed vaccinations as toddlers, and more likely to do better in school and miss fewer days.

The cost of health insurance may be out of reach to some hard-working families in New Jersey.  But now, many families can get free or low-cost health insurance for their children through the NJ Family Care Program.

The NJ Family Care program already covers more than a half million New Jersey children, and includes coverage for regular doctor visits, hospital stays, specialists, prescriptions, and mental health services, as well as dental and vision. Children in a household of four earning up to $6432 per month ($77,184 a year) may qualify for coverage, and most immigrants whose documents allow them to live in the United States permanently are eligible.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Camden is now an enrollment site for the New Jersey Family Care Program and offers individual assistance to families interested in completing an application.

To find out if your family qualifies for Family Care and to learn how to apply, or to arrange an information session about NJ Family Care, contact Christine Polit at 856-342-4796.

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