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Obamacare’s Sixth Anniversary: Transforming Healthcare Coverage in NJ; 770K Jerseyans Now Insured

ObamacareTrenton, NJ, March 26, 2016 ― Lilo M. Stainton reports in NJ Spotlight that, when President Barack Obama signed the landmark Affordable Care Act in 2010, he may well have had children like Aditya “Addy” Mena of North Brunswick in mind.

Born prematurely at just 33 weeks, Addy struggled from the start with life-threatening complications from a rare anemia that took months to diagnose.

His mother, Uma Mena, credited PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick for diagnosing the disease and saving her son’s life. (She now works at the hospital part-time helping other families.)

Mena also praised the ACA for enabling her family to secure affordable health insurance when her husband lost his employee-sponsored coverage.  The plan pays for a complex web of treatment for her seriously disabled son, who will be six later this spring: 13 specialist physicians; speech and physical therapy; 16-hour nursing care; prescription formula; and a variety of medical equipment, from oxygen monitors to feeding machines to a pint-sized walker.

“The insurance provided by the ACA has allowed us to make sure Addy will grow up to be the healthiest young man he can be,” said Amy Mansue, president and CEO of Children’s Specialized Hospital, a multisite organization that has won national acclaim for its treatment of children with complex health challenges.

This week marks the sixth anniversary of the ACA, which has helped more than 20 million Americans who previously couldn’t afford health insurance — including 5 million in the past year alone.

More than 700,000 of these newly insured people live in New Jersey. Mansue joined state healthcare advocates, key lawmakers, and the regional director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday to mark the anniversary and to detail some of the successes achieved in the Garden State.

Obamacare has greatly expanded Medicaid, the federal insurance program for impoverished and disabled residents.

It also has provided a mix of tax credits and subsidies to help lower-income New Jerseyans who couldn’t previously afford insurance purchase to buy commercial plans through carefully regulated state-run markets. In addition, it has allowed young adults to remain on their parents’ plan and ended restrictions on lifetime benefits, among other reforms.

For Stainton’s full NJ Spotlight story, click here.