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New Jersey Health Resources
The following is a list of health care information, resources and advocacy programs that may be useful to you and your family. This list is comprehensive but not all inclusive, and should be viewed as a guide. Members with questions about their benefits are reminded to contact the UFCW Local 1262 Health and Welfare Funds Office @ 1-800-522-4161.
The asterisk* denotes materials that are attached.
1. UFCW Local 1262 Health and Welfare Funds Office 1-800-522-4161
For questions regarding COBRA, Pension or other benefit coverage or eligibility, please contact the UFCW Local 1262 Health and Welfare Funds Office at 1-800-522-4161 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or go to their website @ www.1262funds.org
2. COBRA Coverage
Complete Information on COBRA can be found on www.dol.gov/COBRA
UFCW Local 1262 Members who want information on COBRA coverage can call our Health & Welfare Department Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1-800-522-4161.
What is COBRA continuation health coverage?
Congress passed the landmark Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) health benefit provisions in 1986 to provide continuation of group health coverage that otherwise might be terminated.
What does COBRA do?
COBRA provides certain former employees, retirees, spouses, former spouses, and dependent children the right to temporary continuation of health coverage at group rates. This coverage, however, is only available when coverage is lost due to certain specific events. Group health coverage for COBRA participants is usually more expensive than health coverage for active employees, since usually the employer pays a part of the premium for active employees while COBRA participants generally pay the entire premium themselves. It is ordinarily less expensive, though, than individual health coverage.
3. Health Insurance – Private, Public, Disabled & Seniors
NJ Department of Banking and Insurance Individual Health Coverage (IHC) Program 800 446-7467
IHC was created to ensure that people without access to employer or government sponsored health care programs could purchase health coverage for themselves/their families from a variety of private carriers. http://www.state.nj.us/dobi/division_insurance/ihcseh/ihcguide/index.html
4. NJ Family Care* - 800 701-0710 http://www.njfamilycare.org/use_benefts.aspx Is a federal and state funded health insurance program created to help New Jersey's uninsured children and certain low-income parents and guardians to obtain affordable health coverage. (See page 12 for more details.)
5. Prescription Drug Discount Programs* & Cards with no membership fees
Partnership for Prescription Assistance 888 477-2669 www.pparx.org
Pfizer 866 706-2400 www.PfizerHelpfulAnswers.com
Familywize Prescription Drug Discount Card 866 810-3784 www.familywize.org
County Programs and Program Elements
Prescription Drug Discounts; Wellness Discounts on Hearing Aids & Exams, Dental Care, Diabetic Supplies, Contact Lenses, Pet Meds, Eye Exams/Glasses, Lasik Eye Surgery. Use with insurance, as a supplement, or by Medicare participants in the donut hole. No eligibility requirements
Atlantic.......877 321-2652 http://www.rxprintacard.biz/naco/ (Enter zipcode)
Bergen........201 336-7400 www.co.bergen.nj.us/wellnessdiscount
Cape May....877 321-6755
Cumberland.877 776-2285 http://www.co.cumberland.nj.us/content/159/9702.aspx
Essex .........877 321-6755 http://www.essex-countynj.org/wellness2012.pdf
Newark**......800 931-8872 http://www.coast2coastrx.com/cities/nj/newark/
Hudson......877 776-2285 https://secure.proactrx.com/
Mercer........877 776-2285 www.nj.gov/counties/mercer/wellnessdiscount
Monmouth 732 431-7450 http://www.visitmonmouth.com/page.aspx?ID=3553 Ocean**.......877 321-6755
Passaic..... 877 321-6755 https://secure.proactrx.com/
Salem…….877 321-6755 https://secure.proactrx.com/
Sussex…...877 321-6755 https://secure.proactrx.com/
Union.........877 321-6755 https://secure.proactrx.com/
Warren**…..800 808-1213 www.rxcut.com/wcs (also Lab Tests & Imaging Services)
** Denotes no wellness services
6. Charity Care - NJ Hospital Care Payment Assistance Program for uninsured or underinsured. Information, Eligibility Criteria & How to Apply: http://www.nj.gov/health/charitycare/index.shtml or
Call 866 588-5696 - Health Care for the Uninsured Program during business hours.
7. NJ Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund – 800 335-3863 (FUND)
Financial assistance program for New Jersey families whose children have an illness or condition otherwise uncovered by insurance, State or Federal programs, or other sources, such as fundraising. The Fund is intended to assist in preserving a family's ability to cope with the financial responsibilities which accompany a child's significant health problems. http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/cicrf/home/
8. Family Health Line – 800 328-3838 Hotline operated by trained counselors 24/7 that provides information & referrals for health screening & treatment.
NJ County and Municipal Health Departments 609 292-4993 Contact your county or municipal health department for information on low-cost or free health screenings, vaccinations, sliding fee clinics, etc. Directory of Local Health Departments http://www.nj.gov/health/lh/documents/lhdirectory.pdf
9. NJ Federally Qualified Health Centers for Primary Care http://www.njpca.org/FQHC/default.aspx
Federally Funded Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) care for you, even if you have no health insurance. Payment based on income. Click on the “FQHC Directory” on the left side of the homepage, then click on your county for the center nearest you.
10. Dental Services
NJ Dental Clinic Directory http://www.state.nj.us/health/fhs/oral/documents/dental_directory.pdf
Public dental clinic services in New Jersey, provided primarily by local health departments, hospitals and Federally Qualified Health Centers.
Dental Lifeline Network 732 821-3056 Charitable affiliate of the American Dental Association, provides comprehensive dental care for senior citizens & persons with developmental & permanent disabilities.
11. NJ Statewide Helpline 2-1-1*
Call 2-1-1, a 24-hour-7-day-a-week statewide helpline. It is staffed by professional & confidential counselors with access to various governmental, private and non-profit human services. You may also go to their website at http://search.nj211.org/ If 2-1-1 does not work, call 877 652-1148 (both are toll free).
12. MAP Retirement Resource Guide* provides a wide variety of Health & Human Services information available to members planning to retire, who are already retired, or who are 65 and older.
13. Medicaid & Medicare
NJ Department of Health & Senior Services - Medicaid Hotline 800 356-1561
Provides health insurance to low-income and resource-eligible Parents, Caretakers, Dependent Children, Pregnant Women, and People who are Aged, Blind or Disabled.
http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/dmahs/clients/medicaid/ Click on appropriate category for eligibility & application information.
NJ Department of Health & Senior Services County Social Services Agencies
To apply for Medicaid, contact your County Social Services Agency. To locate your local agency, go to their website http://www.nj.gov/humanservices/dfd/programs/njsnap/cwa/
Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB) 800 792-9745
Pays partial or full Medicare Part B premiums for eligible NJ residents ineligible for the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) under NJ Medicaid (NJ Care). http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/doas/home/slmbdetail.html
NJ Workability (NJ Department of Human Services - Division of Disability Services)
Offers full NJ Medicaid health coverage to people with disabilities who are working and whose earnings would otherwise make them ineligible for Medicaid. http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/dds/projects/discoverability/
Call 800 633-4227 (800-MEDICARE)
Medicare.Gov is the official US Government site. http://www.medicare.gov/CallCenter.asp
NJ State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) 800 792-8820
SHIP provides free help to New Jersey Medicare beneficiaries who have problems with or questions about their health insurance. SHIP is a statewide program sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.
To locate local SHIP offices go to http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/doas/home/sashipsite.html
PAAD & Senior Gold & Medicare Part D Toll Free Hotline 800 792-9745
NJ Pharmaceutical Assistance (PAAD) & Senior Gold programs provide State-funded prescription assistance for aged or disabled income eligible New Jersey residents.
14. Chronic Illness Associations
National Alzheimer’s Association - 24/7 Hotline 800 272-3900 http://www.alz.org/index.asp
Professional staff, care consultation, community & professional education & training programs, support groups, respite care assistance services, collaborating with research centers and advocating for persons with Alzheimer's disease.
Alzheimer’s Association NJ - 24/7 Hotline 800 272-3900 http:www.alz.org/nj/
American Cancer Society - 800 227-2345 http://www.cancer.org/
Information & Referral, Treatment Options, Coping Techniques, Medicines, etc.
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey - 732 235-2465 http://www.cinj.org/ A National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center delivering Care, Research, Education & Outreach.
NJ Dept of Health & Senior Services Cancer Education & Early Screening (NJCEED) - 800 328-3838 Provides comprehensive screening services for Breast, Cervical, Prostate & Colorectal Cancer for income eligible persons. Screening locations http://web.doh.state.nj.us/apps2/cancerfacilities/njceed.aspx
National Cancer Institute - National Institutes of Health (NIH) 800 422-6237 (800-4-CANCER) http://www.cancer.gov/ Comprehensive Cancer Information
American Diabetes Association – 800 342-2383 (800-DIABETES) http://www.diabetes.org/
Their mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. They fund research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; deliver services to hundreds of communities;
provide objective and credible information; and give a voice to those denied their rights due to diabetes.
Heart/Cardiovascular Disease & Stroke
American Heart Association 800 242-8721 (800 AHA-USA1) www.heart.org/
AHA Heart Hub - is the patient portal for information, tools and resources about cardiovascular disease and stroke. Here you will find a wealth of information to help you understand and manage your health.
American Stroke Association - 888 478-7653 (888-4-STROKE) partner organization that is dedicated to prevention, diagnosis & treatment to save lives from stroke.
National Stroke Association – 800 787-6537(800-STROKES) http://www.stroke.org
Develops education programs focused on Prevention, Treatment, Rehabilitation and Support for all impacted by stroke. Free newsletter available.
Heart, Lung & Blood
National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute - US Dept Health/Human Services - 301 592-8573 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to their website http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Browse/Lung.html
Provides science-based, plain-language information about heart, lung, blood, & sleep topics. The website contains articles on Diseases, Conditions, Tests, Procedures & other relevant topics to print or e-mail.
American Parkinson’s Disease Assoc. Inc. 800 223-2732 http://www.apdaparkinson.org/ Information, Research, Patient Support, Raising Public Awareness & Education
Parkinson's Disease Information and Referral Center @ Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital 732 745-7520 http://www.rwjuh.edu/medical_services/parkinsons_center.html
Information, Resources, Current Research, Support Groups, Exercise Programs, etc., in your area. Services are available for those with Parkinson’s disease as well as their caregivers.