As of January 1, all state residents under the age of 19 now qualify for health insurance coverage in New Jersey. Through its “Cover All Kids” program, the state is expanding NJ FamilyCare to every uninsured child in the state. Coverage may be through Medicaid or CHIP, depending on the family’s income.
Immigration status does not matter. All children are eligible, and use of the program will not be considered a “public charge” that might affect the family’s chances to apply for a green card. NJ FamilyCare will cover the care needed to keep kids healthy, including well child visits, vaccinations (shots), and dental exams. It will also pay any costs if a child gets sick or injured. To get health insurance for the children in your care, apply online at NJ FamilyCare after January 1, 2023. Click on the red star on the home page to start an application. If you have any questions about whether your children will qualify for coverage, contact LSNJLAWSM, Legal Services of New Jersey’s statewide toll-free legal Hotline. Apply online at www.lsnjlawhotline.org or, call 1-888-LSNJ-LAW (1-888-576-5529).
This information last reviewed: Feb 2, 2023