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Affordable Care Act


The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010 was a major change for health insurance in the United States.

Among other features, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) meant that people enrolled in an ACA Marketplace plan cannot be denied health insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions, and children can remain on their parents’ health plan until age 26. In addition, many states expanded Medicaid in order to cover more people in certain income groups.

You can find detailed and up-to-date information about the Affordable Care Act on the New Jersey State Library Affordable Care Act Research Guide.

The open enrollment period for the ACA Federally-facilitated Marketplace (also known as the Federally-facilitated Exchange) has changed since the law was implemented.

Here are the 2020 important dates & deadlines:

  • 2020 Open Enrollment starts Friday, November 1, 2019.
  • The last day to sign up for 2020 coverage is Sunday, December 15, 2019.
  • Coverage for people who sign up during Open Enrollment starts January 1, 2020.

Some states have built their own State-based Marketplace and may have different Open Enrollment periods.

For insurance starting in January 2020, New Jersey remains on the Federally-facilitated Marketplace, and so residents will enroll through HealthCare.gov between November 1, 2019 and December 15, 2019.

New Jersey plans to transition to a State-based Marketplace/Exchange for 2021.

New Jersey requires residents to maintain health insurance. The New Jersey Health Insurance Market Preservation Act is a law that requires all NJ residents to have minimum essential health coverage throughout 2019 and beyond, unless you qualify for an exemption.

The HealthCare.gov web site provides help and information about many topics including enrollment during and outside of the Open Enrollment period, what plans cover, canceling plans, dental coverage, dates and deadlines, how to pick a plan, how to estimate income, and much more.

Information on some frequently requested topics can be found here:

In addition to online help, there is a toll free number available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (except holidays): 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325).

You can also search by zip code or city to find local, trained, in-person assisters to help you enroll.


Specific for New Jersey

Get Covered New Jersey provides health coverage information to New Jersey residents, connecting them with Healthcare.gov, and/or NJ FamilyCare.

NJ FamilyCare is New Jersey’s health insurance program that provides free or low-cost health coverage for qualified residents of any age. It’s also known as Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Enrollment in NJ FamilyCare can take place any time.

Research Library Spotlight: Information for New Jersey Voters


The State Library is here to help you find information you need to vote in New Jersey!  A great place to start is the Voter Resources: New Jersey Research Guide available on the State Library’s website.  This resource includes information about upcoming elections in New Jersey, how to find your elected officials, links to absentee ballots for non-permanent residents of New Jersey, and additional voter resources for U.S. Citizens.  For more information on voting in New Jersey, please keep reading!

Who Can Register to vote?

To register in New Jersey, you must be:

  • A United States citizen
  • At least 17 years old, though you may not vote until you have reached the age of 18
  • A resident of the county for 30 days before the election
  • A person NOT currently serving a sentence, probation, or parole because of a felony conviction

The registrant must complete a Voter Registration Application and/or Party Affiliation Form.  Paper forms are available at the Law Library Reference Desk, or online.  Mail or deliver the Voter Registration Application and/or Party Affiliation Form to the County Commissioner of Registration or Superintendent of Elections for your county.

The registration deadline to vote is 21 days prior to Election Day (October 15, 2019 this year, general election date is November 5). 

If you are in college, you have the option to register from your college address or your home address. There are good reasons for registering and voting at either residence, but keep in mind, the final choice is yours.

You may check to see if you are already registered to vote or for your polling place.  You may also find your election officials by county or volunteer as a poll worker.

What about Returning Citizens?

If you are no longer serving a sentence, or no longer on parole or probation…, you CAN vote in NJ by completing a new voter registration form. If you have any questions, contact your County Commissioner of Registration.

What about if you are in the military?

There is an entire webpage of information for military voters in New Jersey or from New Jersey.

You will receive a sample ballot about 1 week before the election that will indicate where your polling place is or you can use our polling place locator.

Is vote by mail available?

Yes, you can vote by mail.  The link provides complete information, including where to contact your county specifically.

Do I need to show identification when I vote?

If you did not provide identification to the county commissioner of registration or if the identification information could not be verified (i.e., your driver’s license number or the last four digits of your social security number), YOU MAY BE ASKED TO SHOW IDENTIFICATION AT THE POLLING PLACE WHEN YOU GO TO VOTE.

Identification may include, but is not limited to, any current and valid photo ID:

NJ driver’s license, military or other government ID, student or job ID, store membership card, United States passport, bank statement, car registration, government check or document, non-photo NJ driver’s license, rent receipt, sample ballot, utility bill, or any other official document. If you show identification, you will vote in the voting machine.

What are my rights as a voter in New Jersey?

New Jersey has a webpage dedicated to explaining your voter rights.    This information is in English, Spanish, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Gujarati, Hindi, Korean, Portuguese, Punjabi, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese.


SLIC staff at the Reference Desk and Law Library are happy to answer any additional questions you may have about voting in New Jersey.  For more information please contact us.

Civil Service Exam Test Books

The New Jersey State Library provides library service for all New Jersey state government employees. While we provide reference services and materials to help state employees perform their day-to-day duties, we also provide assistance for state employees and the general public who are interested in civil service jobs. We have a Test Book collection that focuses primarily on civil service exams, but we also have information on other tests, such as the Postal Exam, SAT/GRE, and the Police Officer Exam.

It is important to point out that the NJ Civil Service Commission, who is responsible for posting civil service jobs and administering any tests, only provides a small selection of Orientation Guides, primarily for Public Safety titles, and does not make old copies of tests available.  As a result, we use a national publishing company, the National Learning Corporation, to provide test preparation materials for civil service exams.  The NLC test books are used across the country, so there is not always an exact match to the positions within the state government of NJ.  However, we do our best to provide the closest match.

Currently, we have over 1,000 books within our Test Book Collection, located on Level 4.  We have a wide variety of test books including popular titles such as Investigator, Administrative Assistant, or Social Worker.  We also have books specifically for the Supervisory Test Battery and Management Test Battery.   Additionally, a limited number of Test Books are available electronically for free for registered authorized users, including state employees and Thomas Edison State University (TESU) students, staff, and mentors.  You can access our eBook collection via eLibraryNJ.  Authorized users needing a State Library access card should complete the appropriate online registration form.

As always, please contact the Reference Desk with help finding the right test book for you at refdesk@njstatelib.org or 609-278-2640 ext. 103.