Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill on Wednesday that will require all NJ residents to have health coverage or pay a fine. This will make New Jersey the second state in the country to legislate the individual health insurance mandate.
This repeal took place due to the fear that healthy people would steer away from the health insurance market which would result in higher premiums.
According to the U.S. Census, 92 percent of NJ residents had health insurance in 2016.
New Jersey’s mandate will take effect on January 1st, 2019. State officials will have seven months to alert individuals about the new requirement.
With this mandate in effect, the state is expecting to collect between $90 million and $100 million in penalties. This money will go into funding a reinsurance program, which Murphy also signed into law on Wednesday. The cost estimate is based on $93.9 million the Internal Revenue Service collected from the more than 188,500 New Jersey residents who paid the penalty under the federal mandate.
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