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The Affordable Care Act

What You Need To Know About Obamacare / Affordable Care Act / Medicaid Expansion / Health Insurance Marketplace

Important Information Effective 1/1/14

If you are currently Self Pay due to being ineligible for Charity Care you need to know the following:

  • You may be eligible for Medicaid under Medicaid Expansion or Health Insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
  • You will need to complete the application process through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
  • Applications can be completed online at www.Healthcare.gov or www.CuidadoDeSalud.gov. If completing online, you will need an email account, phone that is able to accept text messages, and a credit or debit card to make payment for first month’s premium, if applicable.
  • Applications can also be completed through the Health Insurance Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. TTY users should call 1-855-889-4325.
  • Failure to complete this application process can result in a tax penalty applied to your tax returns. This penalty will increase every year that you fail to comply.
  • The BRMC Credit and Collections staff, located in Room 130 of the Main Building, is available to assist you in completing this application. The staff can be reached at 201-967-4114.

If you are currently Self Pay and are eligible for Charity Care you need to know the following:

  • You may be eligible for Medicaid under Medicaid Expansion or Health Insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
  • You will need to complete the application process through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
  • Applications can be completed online at www.Healthcare.gov or www.CuidadoDeSalud.gov. If completing online, you will need an email account, phone that is able to accept text messages, and a credit or debit card to make payment for first month’s premium, if applicable.
  • Applications can also be completed through the Health Insurance Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. TTY users should call 1-855-889-4325.
  • Failure to complete this application process can result in a tax penalty applied to your tax returns. This penalty will increase every year that you fail to comply.
  • Failure to complete this application process will require you to complete a Charity Care application for every service date. The application must be approved prior to any service being rendered. This may lead to delays.
  • The BRMC Credit and Collections staff, located in Room 130 of the Main Building, is available to assist you in completing this application.
  • The staff can be reached at 201-967-4114 or Bergen Regional Medical Center, L.P., Paramus, New Jersey 07652.

If you are currently approved for Charity Care and DO NOT have a Social Security Number you need to know the following:

  • Charity Care coverage will continue to be offered to you.
  • You will need to apply every time your current approval has expired.
  • You will need to complete the renewal process at least 2 weeks prior to the end of your current approval.

If you are currently approved for Charity Care and have a Social Security Number you need to know the following:

  • Charity Care coverage may not continue to be offered to you.
  • You may be eligible for Medicaid under Medicaid Expansion or Health Insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
  • You will need to complete the application process through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
  • Applications can be completed online at www.Healthcare.gov or www.CuidadoDeSalud.gov. If completing online, you will need an email account, phone that is able to accept text messages, and a credit or debit card to make payment for first month’s premium, if applicable.
  • Applications can also be completed through the Health Insurance Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596, 24 hours per day, and 7 days per week. TTY users should call 1-855-889-4325.
  • Failure to complete this application process will require you to complete a Charity Care application for every service date. The application must be approved prior to any service being rendered. This may lead to delays.
  • The BRMC Credit and Collections staff are available to assist you in completing this application.

If you are currently under Medicaid to include Medicaid Plan G, you need to know the following:

  • You will be required to enroll in a Medicaid Managed Care plan.
  • Bergen Regional Medical Center is currently contracted with Horizon NJ Health.
  • If you wish to receive services at Bergen Regional Medical Center, you can elect to do so by selecting Horizon NJ Health as your Medicaid Managed Care plan and by selecting one of the following physicians as your Primary Care Provider.
    • Rajashree Kantha-Bhatnager, MD — Provider ID # 60060896
    • Amparo Yuzon, MD — Provider ID # 60038011
    • Karen A. Kattwinkel, NP — Provider ID # 60119566
  • If you are currently enrolled in a different Medicaid Managed Care and wish to switch to Horizon NJ Health, you may do so by calling (866) 472-5338 or (800) 682-9091.
  • The BRMC Credit and Collections staff, located in Room 130 of the Main Building, is available to assist you with any questions. The staff can be reached at (201) 967-4114.

If you have primary coverage through Medicare or private insurance, you need to know the following:

  • Based on your primary coverage, you are in compliance with Obama care and the Affordable Care Act.
  • If you are covered under Charity Care secondary, the continuance of Charity Care is not yet known and we will update you as soon as further information has been made available.

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