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             COMMUNITY UPDATE                                                   Save the Dates: 2022               motor oil, antifreeze, transmission

                                                                                Household Hazardous                fluid, car batteries, cleaning chemicals,
                                                                                                                   fuel oil, oil-based paints, turpentine/
     that more than 324,000 New Jerseyans   right, not a privilege, and this new effort                            thinners, televisions, electronics, fluo-
     signed up for health coverage through   builds on the work we have done during   Waste and Document           rescent bulbs, and propane tanks.
     Get Covered New Jersey during the    our administration. By extending access to   Shredding Events               There is a limit to the items that will
     Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment   free or nearly free coverage to more New                                be accepted and residents are encour-
     Period—an increase of 20 percent com-  Jerseyans throughout the year, we will   The dates for Household Hazardous   aged to visit The Authority’s website at
     pared to last year—and a record high in   make health insurance more affordable   Waste and Document Shredding
     New Jersey, as residents benefited from   and ensure residents can get the health   (HHW) for 2022 have been sched-  disposal/ for full list of accepted items.
     increased affordability from expanded   care they need and deserve.”         uled. This year’s dates are as follows:   The following items are NOT
     federal and state financial help.      Open Enrollment happens once a      Saturday, April 9; Saturday, June   accepted at these events—wood, tires,
        As part of its goal to continue to   year, from November 1 to January 31. It is   11; and Saturday, September 17. The   concrete, brush/branches, and CFCs/
     advance health equity and affordability,   typically the only time residents without   events will take place from 8 a.m. until   refrigerators, air conditioners and
     the Murphy administration introduced a   health insurance through an employer,   2 p.m. at the Cumberland County Solid   coolers. Residents can dispose of these
     new “Expanded Access” initiative, which   or other program such as Medicaid   Waste Complex on 169 Jesse Bridge   items at the Solid Waste Complex dur-
     allows residents at certain income levels   or Medicare, can enroll in coverage   Road, Millville, NJ 08332.   ing regular operating hours for a fee.
     to continue to enroll in free or nearly free   unless they have a qualifying life event.   Household hazardous waste is   Regarding electronics, there’s
     health coverage through Get Covered   Qualifying life events, include but are not   toxic, flammable, corrosive, or reac-  no need to wait for an HHW event.
     New Jersey (      limited to, pregnancy, marriage, the loss   tive materials, and should only be dis-  Residents can dispose of electronics at
        The new Expanded Access Special   of health coverage, moving and a birth or   posed at Household Hazardous Waste   any time at their local municipal drop-
     Enrollment Period allows qualifying con-  adoption of a child.             events. Proper disposal is imperative   off centers. Information can be found at
     sumers with an annual household income   “While the annual Open Enrollment   for a clean environment and to avoid
     of up to 200 percent of the federal pov-  Period ended on January 31st, we want   illnesses. Document shredding is   Latex paint is non-hazardous and
     erty level ($25,760 for an individual and   to make sure that as many New Jersey   important for personal records and   can be disposed of properly with trash.
     $53,000 for a family of four), to enroll in a   residents as possible are aware they   financial documents that should be   For instructions on how to dispose of
     health plan throughout the year. Because   can turn to Get Covered New Jersey to   destroyed appropriately to prevent   latex paint, visit
     of the increased financial help available,   sign up for coverage year-round—espe-  identity theft.           recycling-program/.
     this population has access to plans with   cially during the ongoing pandemic,” said   For items that are considered haz-  This service is restricted to
     low or no monthly premium.           Commissioner Caride. “New Jersey has   ardous material, Cumberland County   Cumberland County residents only and
        “New Jersey saw a record number   taken steps maximize financial support so   residents may safely dispose of them at   is free of charge. Proper ID is required
     of residents enroll in quality affordable   residents can find more assistance than   any of the free Household Hazardous   at registration. Businesses (including
     health coverage during Open Enrollment   ever before through the state’s health   Waste and Document Shredding days   home-based businesses), institutions,
     as the Biden Administration and the   insurance marketplace, Get Covered New   sponsored by The Authority, in con-  non-profits and non-county residents
     state drastically increased financial help   Jersey. This new Special Enrollment   junction with the City of Millville, the   are not eligible for participation in
     to expand access to affordable coverage   Period is a major step forward in our   Landis Sewerage Authority, and the   these events and should contact appro-
     during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said   effort to promote health equity and con-  Cumberland County Utilities Authority.   priate companies for hazardous waste
     Murphy. “We continue to take actions   tinue to expand health care affordability   Accepted items are gasoline, kero-  disposal and document shredding.
     based on our belief that health care is a   and access for our residents.”   sene, pesticides and herbicides, used

                                                                                 A total of 324,266 New Jersey residents   Get Covered New Jersey qualify for finan-
       Lifeguard Prescreening Classes Scheduled at YMCA                        signed up for health insurance at Get   cial help to make the cost of quality health
                                                                               Covered New Jersey (
                                                                                                                   insurance more affordable, and the major-
         Our area has experienced a shortage of lifeguards over recent years. The   during the Open Enrollment Period—an   ity of people receiving financial help have
       Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA will be offering Lifeguard certification classes   increase of 20 percent compared to last   access to a health plan at a cost of $10 a
       to the community this March and April to fill this gap. The first step for candi-  year’s signups of 269,560. The number   month or less.
       dates is to enroll in one or more prescreening sessions at the Y’s Kontes pool.   of residents signed up for coverage is a   All plans offered through GetCovered.
       These will be available at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 4; 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, March   record high for New Jersey, with more cover preventive services, emer-
       8; and at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 12. Participants may register for one or all   consumers signing up for marketplace   gency services, prescription drugs, and
       of these times.                                                         coverage than during any prior Open   prenatal and pediatric care, and more, and
         To become a lifeguard, individuals must be at least age 15. There is no age cap,   Enrollment Period since passage of the   no one can be denied coverage due to a
       and at least one person aged nearly 70 has completed the course in recent months.  Affordable Care Act.     pre-existing condition.
         Prerequisite skills to become a lifeguard include swimming 300 yards, a timed   The record number of signups follows   In New Jersey, there remains a
       event that involves retrieving a brick from the pool’s bottom, and treading water   policy actions at the state and federal lev-  requirement to have health coverage.
       without using one’s arms.                                               els to significantly increase and expand   Residents who do not qualify for an
         The prescreening program is free to YMCA facility members, $3 for Y program   financial help and to increase access to   exemption from the Shared Responsibility
       members, and $4 for the community. For more details, e-mail Mary Desjardins at   coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Payment will pay a penalty at tax time. or call the Y at 856-691-0030.
                                                                               Now, nine out of 10 residents enrolling at   To assist residents with enrollment in
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