2021 Individual Insurance Enrollment

February 12, 2021

Health care professionals with child

The enrollment period for individual insurance plans has been extended for uninsured New Jersey residents until May 15, 2021.

Coverage will start on the first day of the month following your plan selection.

Do you need a health plan that covers your child’s autism treatment?

One option is for families to purchase an individual plan for their child through New Jersey’s health insurance marketplace. Individual insurance plans issued in New Jersey must follow state mandates, including Health Benefits Coverage for Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, which ensures that individuals with autism can receive medically necessary treatment, such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

Several insurance companies issue individual plans in New Jersey. While all plans must provide mandated coverage, the amount that families will pay out-of-pocket depends on the type of plan they choose, and whether they qualify for a premium tax credit. Tax credits are determined by income as well as access to employer-sponsored health coverage.

If you qualify for a premium tax credit, you can save money by purchasing a plan on the health insurance marketplace at GetCoveredNJ. Otherwise, you can purchase a plan directly from an insurance company or with the help of an agent.

Not sure if you qualify for a tax credit or what plan you should choose? The New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance provides a guide for consumers shopping for 2021 individual insurance plans and a table showing monthly rates for available plans.

The guide will help you determine whether to shop for a plan on the marketplace, or directly with an insurance company, and decide what kind of plan to buy based on several considerations such as:

  • Do my doctors and other providers participate in the insurer’s network?
  • How much I will pay for:
    • Monthly premium
    • Deductible
    • Copayment
    • Coinsurance
    • Prescription drugs
    • Maximum out-of-pocket for the year?

In addition, the guide offers contact information for help choosing plans on and off the marketplace and a list of carriers offering plans in 2021. Note: not all carriers offer plans through www.healthcare.gov, but all plans are subject to NJ insurance mandates.

Note: Medicaid/NJ FamilyCare coverage of ABA services for children with autism began April 1, 2020. Here’s how families can get started.

If you have questions about health coverage options and autism, contact Autism New Jersey at 800.4.AUTISM or information@autismnj.org and download a copy of our publication Health Coverage Options for Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities.

Originally posted 12/13/2018
Updated 8/8/2019
Updated 11/6/2020
Updated 11/4/2021