Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Morris County is helping to spread the word about a new state program providing free or low-cost health insurance for uninsured children in the area.

A one-page application to enroll in NJ FamilyCare has been mailed to about 67,000 families in Morris, Bergen, Passaic, Sussex and Warren counties who indicated on their 2008 state tax returns that they have at least one child without health insurance.

NJ FamilyCare is a federal and state funded health insurance program created to help New Jersey’s uninsured children and certain low-income parents and guardians have affordable health coverage.

Mary Jo Buchanan, director of the Morris County Department of Human Services, said the families served by her department are being alerted to be on the lookout for the application, which is being sent out in a yellow envelope marked Express Lane Application for Health Insurance.

Buchanan said families who receive such an envelope should open it and complete the shortened application as soon as possible.

Additional information about the program is available by contacting NJ FamilyCare at or 800-701-0710, or by calling the Association for Children of New Jersey at 973-643-3876.