As part of a 12-bill legislative package introduced in the Assembly to safeguard residents from federal changes to the Affordable Care Act, legislation (A-5501) sponsored by Assembly members
"With many college graduates returning home while they look for jobs, there was a steep rise in residents ages 19 -26 without access to healthcare. For those who did have insurance through their parents, the cost became an additional, unexpected burden on families.
"The Affordable Care Act has significantly helped to reduce the uninsured rate for young adults under the age of 26 by allowing parents to cover them in their own plans without the requirement of a separate premium. Codifying this into New Jersey State law helps families ensure their children, whether they are continuing their education or at home temporarily, are provided for in terms of healthcare."
The measure cleared the full Assembly in