OCEAN MEDICAL CENTER, MERIDIAN HEALTH, PARTNERS WITH NJ FAMILYCARE TO GET OUR KIDS HEALTH CARE COVERAGE

Contact:Donna Sellmann
Phone:732-840-3279
Email:dsellmann@meridianhealth.com

OCEAN MEDICAL CENTER, MERIDIAN HEALTH, PARTNERS WITH NJ FAMILYCARE TO GET OUR KIDS HEALTH CARE COVERAGE

Enrollment available at Meridian Health sites in Ocean and Monmouth Counties during September

There are over 9 million uninsured children in the United States and over 240,000 uninsured children in New Jersey alone. Uninsured children are less likely than insured children to get the healthcare they need, and as a result, they typically experience worse healthcare outcomes.

Meridian Health, including Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital, has partnered with NJ FamilyCare, a federally funded health insurance program, to help eligible children and their families obtain free or low-cost health coverage. NJ FamilyCare was created to help New Jersey's uninsured children, as well as certain low-income parents and guardians, obtain the affordable health coverage they need in order to maintain their well-being. NJ FamilyCare is for families who do not have available or affordable employer insurance and cannot afford to pay the high cost of private health insurance.

Throughout the month of September, open house enrollment sessions will take place Monday thru Friday during the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. If these times are not convenient, individual appointments are also available by calling and scheduling an appointment. The open house sessions will be held in the Financial Assistance Office at the following Meridian Health locations with contact information as follows:

Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital
Route 33, Neptune
Brennan Lobby
732-776-4910

Riverview Medical Center
Front Street, Red Bank
Blaisdel Lobby
732-530-2585

Ocean Medical Center
Jack Martin Boulevard, Brick
Ambulatory Care Center
732-836-4340

Who is eligible for NJ FamilyCare?
Children 18 and younger may apply for the program, as well as certain low-income parents. Eligibility is based on family size and monthly income. Family size includes children under 21, adoptive and natural parent, and their spouses. If a child is living in a household with a grandparent, guardian, or caretaker, that person is not included in the family size, and their income is not taken into consideration when calculating eligibility for NJ FamilyCare, unless the guardian is also requesting coverage. Only monthly income, not assets, is considered for eligibility.

Applicants will be eligible for NJ FamilyCare ONLY if they have been uninsured for a period of three months or more. For many families, NJ FamilyCare will be free. Other families will pay a monthly premium based on their income and small co-payments for some services.

Parents often think: "Oh, my kids won't qualify - I work" .or.. "This is welfare - I don't want it". Both lines of thinking are flawed. NJ FamilyCare is for families who do not have available or affordable employer insurance and cannot afford to pay the high cost of private health insurance. As health insurance premiums rise, many smaller businesses are dropping health insurance plans for their employees - leaving more children uninsured in this state every week. NJ Family Care can be the answer for these kids. Coverage is dependent on family size and monthly income before taxes. Guidelines are less stringent than one may think, for example a family of four can earn up to $6,183 monthly and be eligible for their children to obtain coverage.

What does it cover?
NJ Family Care is a comprehensive health insurance program that provides a wide range of services including:
Doctor visits, eyeglasses, hospitalization, lab tests, X-rays, prescriptions, regular checkups, mental health visits and dental (for most kids)

How do I apply?
Please stop by one of the Meridian Health hospitals on Monday - Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. from September 8 - September 30. If these hours are not convenient, earlier or later appointments are available upon request. Please be sure to bring identification (birth certificate to prove citizenship, alien registration card, or social security card), proof of address (rent receipt, PSE&G bill, or recent mail sent to the patient, etc.), proof of income (last eight weeks of pay stubs, letter from employer, notarized letter (self attestation, or support letter, etc.), and proof of resources (three months worth of bank statements for all checking and savings accounts).

As the premier health care provider in central New Jersey, Meridian Health provides a broad continuum of care through our four hospitals - Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center, and K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital, In-Home Care and other Meridian Services. Every year more than 250,000 people pass through our hospital doors accessing leading-edge technology, advanced research and the latest clinical trials close to home. Our team of highly skilled physicians, nurses and caregivers provides compassionate care when you need it most.

About Ocean Medical Center
Ocean Medical Center, a member of the Meridian Health family, is a 281-bed, not-for-profit community medical center located in Brick, New Jersey, providing health care programs and services in all major medical disciplines, including maternity; oncology; orthopedics and rehabilitation; general, neurological, thoracic, and vascular surgery; cardiology; dialysis; and emergency and critical care services. The Medical Center features Magnet award winning nurses and is a proud affiliate of University of Pennsylvania Cancer Network. Ocean Medical Center also operates the state's first Satellite Emergency Department in Point Pleasant, the Ocean Care Center. For more information, please call Meridian Health Line at 1-800-560-9990 or log on to our web site at www.OceanMedicalCenter.com.