The Affordable Health Care Act and its Impact on New Jersey


Summary of Presentation
The ACA Ambassador Training is geared to community workers interested in learning more about the benefits available under the Affordable Care Act and how they can help consumers to access them. The presentation gave an overview of the consumer protections, system reforms, eligibility criteria and enrollment process of the Affordable Care Act and sought to equip community based workers with the information they need to help consumers better understand the benefits and requirements of the Act. Those who complete the training were asked to consider becoming community ACA Ambassadors to help with outreach in their communities.

Presenter recommends the Medical Assistance Advisory Committee’s (MAAC) presentation presented by DMAHS Director Valerie Harr in June 2013, which provides comprehensive information on eligibility through Expansion and the Alternative Benefit Plan, including the behavioral health benefit.



Maura C_smMaura Collinsgru, is the Health Policy Advocate for NJ Citizen Action. She coordinates the development and implementation of public advocacy campaigns on health care issues and facilitates the organization and work of the NJ for Health Care Coalition. Creator NJ for Health Care ACA Ambassador Program, Maura has trained hundreds of individuals around the State on the new health reform law and mobilized more than 100 volunteer Ambassadors. Prior to joining NJ Citizen Action Maura served as Executive Director of the Parent Information Center of NJ, an independent public advocacy organization dedicated to special education issues where she conducted individual and public policy advocacy on behalf of families before federal and state courts, agencies and U.S. Congress. Maura completed her B.A. in Communication and Public Service at the University of Pennsylvania graduating Magna Cum Laude in the spring of 2012. Born and raised in South Central New Jersey, Maura currently resides with her family in Palmyra, Burlington County.

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