FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  January 28, 2014
Contact: Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419
Tina Casey, 908-527-4346



Free Help with Affordable Health Care Questions


Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds residents that the federal Affordable Care Act includes a free information service to help consumers with questions about finding affordable health insurance.

The service is run locally by non-profit agencies that are officially designated as Navigators by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“Union County residents can get reliable information free of charge by contacting Navigators in our area, or by visiting the Affordable Care Act website at healthcare.gov,” said Freeholder Chairman Christopher Hudak. “There no need to pay a third party to make an informed choice about affordable health insurance.”

In the Union County region, the lead Navigator is the Urban League of Hudson County in partnership with the Urban Leagues of Bergen County, Morris County, and Union County.

In addition, major pharmacy chains have officially partnered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to distribute free information at their retail locations.

The goal of the Navigators is to help consumers use the new health insurance Marketplace at healthcare.gov to find affordable health insurance, and to determine their eligibility for financial assistance.

“The healthcare.gov website has been improved to provide consumers with all the information they need online, but in case you need extra help the Navigators are here to assist you one-on-one,” said Hudak. “I encourage you to call with any questions you may have, especially when it comes to any subsidies for which you qualify.”

Hudak also reminded residents that the new Union County Prescription Drug Discount Card may help reduce the cost of their medications. The free card, which includes discounts on pet medications, can be obtained by calling the Union County Division of Human Services, 908-527-4800.

To contact a Navigator in Union County, call the Urban League of Union County at 908- 351-7200 or email uluc.aca.coverage@gmail.com.

For information about the Affordable Care Act visit healthcare.gov (cuidadodesalud.gov in Spanish), or call 1-800-318-2596 toll free.

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