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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 @


2.     COBRA Coverage

Complete Information on COBRA can be found on

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.    


4.     NJ Family Care* - 800 701-0710  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

National Programs

Partnership for Prescription Assistance      888 477-2669  

Pfizer                                                         866 706-2400   

Familywize Prescription Drug Discount Card 866 810-3784

      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     (Enter zipcode)    

Bergen........201 336-7400                                     

Burlington..877 321-6755  

Cape May....877 321-6755 

Cumberland.877 776-2285  

Essex .........877 321-6755           

Newark**......800 931-8872

Gloucester..800 808-1213     

Hudson......877 776-2285           

Mercer........877 776-2285        

Monmouth 732 431-7450                          Ocean**.......877 321-6755


Passaic..... 877 321-6755

Salem…….877 321-6755

Sussex…...877 321-6755

Union.........877 321-6755

Warren**…..800 808-1213 (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: 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.


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


9.     NJ Federally Qualified Health Centers for Primary Care

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

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   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. 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


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).


NJ Workability (NJ Department of Human Services - Division of Disability Services)

888 285-3036

Offers full NJ Medicaid health coverage to people with disabilities who are working and whose earnings would otherwise make them ineligible for Medicaid.



Call 800 633-4227 (800-MEDICARE)

Medicare.Gov is the official US Government site.  


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


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

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 



American Cancer Society - 800 227-2345

Information & Referral, Treatment Options, Coping Techniques, Medicines, etc.


Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey - 732 235-2465 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


National Cancer Institute - National Institutes of Health (NIH) 800 422-6237 (800-4-CANCER)  Comprehensive Cancer Information



American Diabetes Association – 800 342-2383 (800-DIABETES)

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)

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)

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 or go to their website

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  Information, Research, Patient Support, Raising Public Awareness & Education


Parkinson's Disease Information and Referral Center @ Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital 732 745-7520

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.