Murphy vows to protect health care coverage for New Jerseyans

Kristen Johanson
May 15, 2018 - 6:45 pm
Mar 24, 2018; Newark, WI, USA; New Jersey governor Phil Murphy addresses the crowd at Military Park following the march.

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NEW JERSEY (KYW Newsradio) — In an effort to protect Obamacare under President Donald Trump, New Jersey's governor said the state will have more of a grip on health care plans available through the marketplace. 

Gov. Phil Murphy is giving New Jersey's Department of Banking and Insurance more control over the Affordable Care Act Marketplace for 2019 — specifically over "plan management functions," to not only make coverage plans follow state laws, but also to review and make recommendations.  

In a letter to federal officials, Murphy said he will do all he can to protect health care coverage for New Jerseyans.

Right now, the department reviews only small groups and individual plans, but for the enrollment period coming up this November, they are going to expand that into the larger groups.