Polling data repeatedly shows that healthcare affordability is the top issue that state residents, on both sides of the political aisle, want their policymakers to work on.
New Jersey's Healthcare Affordability State Policy Scorecard identifies areas where the state is doing well and areas where it can improve. As the scorecard shows, New Jersey policymakers have a robust toolset they can use to ensure all residents have affordable coverage that features consumer-friendly cost-sharing and premiums that reflect the efficient delivery of healthcare and fair healthcare pricing.
New Jersey has relatively high healthcare spending per person with very high recent spending growth. The percent of residents reporting affordability problems is comparatively low, likely due to meaningful policy efforts. Attention to price growth will be key to sustaining this result. New Jersey is moving to a state-based Exchange to open 10/1/2020.
Our companion document, Healthcare Affordability State Policy Checklist, provides a quick overview of the actions New Jersey still needs to take.