New Jersey Hospital Association
The New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) recently received a $1.8 million grant to hire and train 25 veterans to help consumers explore new health insurance options under the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”
The former service members will complete a federal Web-based training program to become Certified Application Counselors (CACs) and additional training on statebased programs such as Medicaid and NJFamilyCare. As CACs, they will offer enrollment assistance to people at hospitals and other community sites.
“This is a wonderful example of a boots-on-theground program that can make a real difference in the lives of the veterans who secure good jobs, and the uninsured individuals and families they will help access health care coverage,” said NJHA President and CEO Betsy Ryan.
The program was officially announced at a Veterans Day event at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton.
NJHA is providing the CACs with training, equipping them with mobile tablets, scheduling enrollment events across the state and gathering data and feedback about the program’s progress in enrolling individuals into insurance programs.
“The process of enrolling can seem daunting … and that’s what we’re there for – to guide them through the process,” said Jim Logan, a U.S. Army veteran who was unemployed before being hired as a CAC.
The grant from the New Jersey Health Initiative, a local funding arm of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will fund the program for one year.