Who We Are

The New Jersey Life Sciences Vendors Alliance (NJLSVA) is a coalition of businesses, individuals and academia who provide goods and services to New Jersey’s life sciences companies.

The NJLSVA was founded to educate suppliers on trends in industry procurement and public policy that affects the life sciences industry.

New Jersey Cuts Number of Uninsured by Half; Over 250,000 Enroll for 2015 Coverage

Woodland Park, NJ, February 19, 2015 ― The federal government yesterday announced that more than a quarter-million New Jerseyans had signed up for coverage in Obamacare health plans by midnight Sunday.

This means, reports Lindy Washburn in The Record, that New Jersey’s uninsured population has been cut in half as the Affordable Care Act enters its second year. 

Combined with nearly 400,000 people added to the state’s Medicaid program in the past 13 months, New Jersey is now “somewhere north of 650,000 New Jerseyans who now have coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act,” said Jackie Cornell-Bechelli, director of the federal Department of Health and Human Services for the region including New Jersey.

An estimated 900,000 New Jersey residents were uninsured and eligible for coverage before the first open enrollment under the law known as Obamacare began in October 2013.

Washburn reports that what remains to be seen is whether the newly insured will pay their premiums — there was an attrition rate of 13 percent last year — and whether they will be able to make use of their coverage and get doctor’s appointments.

While the official Obamacare enrollment deadline was February 15, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell reportedly is considering whether to give another chance at enrollment to people who discover they face penalties at tax time.

To read Washburn’s full story, click here.