NJ to use tax forms to enroll uninsured kids

April 14, 2009 11:05:07 AM PDT
New Jersey families struggling to provide health care for their children may soon find help on their tax forms. Starting this year, tax filers who indicate they have uninsured children at home will be provided with a state child insurance application.

This isn't the first year the state has asked filers about uninsured children, but it is the first time it will use that information to send out applications for the FamilyCare program. The families will get a new simplified version of the application within 90 days.

Children in families with annual household incomes of less than $77,175 can qualify for a state- and federally funded health care program.

Human Services Commissioner Jennifer Velez says nearly a quarter million New Jerseyans indicated last year that they had at least one uninsured child at home.

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