NJ Residents Trail Nation In Understanding Key Feature Of Obamacare

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Compared with residents of other states, New Jerseyans are not as aware of a new federal mandate requiring them to purchase individual health insurance, a central provision of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

Only 56 percent of New Jersey residents know that that they have to buy insurance or pay a fine starting in 2014, according to a new poll released by the Monmouth University Polling Institute and the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute. That compares with the 74 percent of Americans who said they were aware of the mandate in a March Kaiser Health Tracking Poll.

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