NJ FamilyCare Expands Access to Youth, Regardless of Immigration Status

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All NJ Children may be Covered Through NJ FamilyCare.Photo byMorristown Minute

As of January 1, 2023, those under 19 may now apply for NJ FamilyCare, the state’s publicly funded health insurance program.


As of January 1st, 2023, those under 19 may now apply for NJ FamilyCare regardless of their immigration status. All other requirements for NJ FamilyCare still apply.

NJ FamilyCare is the state's publicly funded health insurance program that includes Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) recipients.

Who is eligible?

Children under 19 are eligible with higher incomes up to 355% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) ($8,210/month for a family of four). Parents still need to renew the coverage each year. Children can qualify regardless of their immigration status.

Adults aged 19-64 with income up to 138% FPL ($1,563/month for a single person and $2,106/month for a couple). Immigrant adults must have Legal Permanent Resident status in the US for at least five years in order to be eligible for NJ FamilyCare. Some immigrant adults can be eligible if they are lawfully present, regardless of when they entered the US. Examples are refugees and asylees, and there are others. Immigrants aged 19 and 20 who are lawfully present and have very low incomes ($509/month for a single person and $805/month for a family of 2) can also be eligible.

Pregnant people up to 205% FPL ($4,741/month for a family of four). Pregnant people who are lawfully admitted can be eligible even if they have lived in this country for fewer than five years.

People over 65, blind or permanently disabled, including long-term care click here.

New Income and Household Size CalculationsFinancial eligibility for individuals seeking eligibility for NJ FamilyCare will be based on their Modified Adjusted Gross Income or MAGI. This means the income and household size will be determined by their latest federal tax return which when filed, can be electronically verified. The tax-based household size provides a simplified income calculation.


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