Horizon: 14,638 previously uninsured Hudson residents enrolled in OMNIA plan

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In their latest open enrollment period, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield has seen 14,638 Hudson County residents enroll in theirĀ OMNIA insurance plan, according to a public affairs manager for the company. Horizon BCBS

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Based on figures released by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield Public Affairs Manager Kevin McArdle, 14,638 Hudson County residents enrolled in the plan, the 4th most county enrollment in New Jersey.

Essex County saw just slightly more enrollment with 14,813 residents selecting OMNIA plans, Middlesex County boasting 19,377 new members and Bergen County topping the list with 24,248 new members choosing the OMNIA Health Alliance insurance program.

These figures are updated as of February 26, 2016.

“The health insurance enrollment figures released by Horizon come as very welcome news. It is especially remarkable that over 41,000 New Jerseyans have moved from the ranks of the uninsured to among those enrolled in a health insurance plan that can protect themselves and their families,” Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise said in a statement.

“We are very happy to learn that almost 3,400 previously uninsured Hudson County residents purchased coverage through Horizon in the recent enrollment period. Having a health plan this is affordable to own and affordable to use is vitally important for helping residents access the care they need to stay healthy.”

Back in September, DeGise was among over a dozen members of the Hudson County Democratic Organization who gathered in front of Jersey City’s Christ Hospital to denounce the OMNIA plan.

Christ Hospital, the Bayonne and Hoboken Medical Centers (all owned by CarePoint Health) and North Bergen’s Hackensack University Medical Center Palisades are not a part of the OMNIA Health Alliance’s “tier 1” plan that boasts savings on premiums, deductibles and co-pays.

Horizon said shortly after the press conference that Horizon was not actually taking anything away from consumers, noting “that 55 percent of Hudson County physicians will be in ‘tier 1’ in the new plans, which will allow greater out of pocket savings for consumers.”

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop has remained opposed to the OMNIA insurance program, putting him at odds with potential 2017 Democratic gubernatorial opponent state Senate President Steven Sweeney (D-3) – who supports the tiered-network plans (h/t The Jersey Journal).