Gov. Murphy asks White House for new Affordable Care Act enrollment window amid rising coronavirus numbers

TRENTON, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — 31 new coronavirus cases are reported in New Jersey. The statewide total now is just short of 100. Two people have now died from the virus.

The Murphy administration says they’ll be making some decisions as soon as Monday on major, temporary changes to daily life even as they ask the feds for some help on the insurance front.

New Jersey is part of the federal healthcare exchange. Some states who run their own are offering new open enrollment periods. Gov. Phil Murphy now wants the feds to do likewise.

Marlene Caride, New Jersey Banking and Insurance Commissioner, told reporters during a Sunday teleconference with reporters, “We are asking the federal government to establish a special enrollment period for at least 60 days for all eligible uninsured and under-insured residents to purchase health coverage through the federal platform and for that coverage to be in place as soon as possible.”

Murphy said he expects to announce on Monday plans for a shutdown of all public schools in the state. Many have already done so on their own.

This is just one of many methods being planned by the state to stress the real need for people to keep their distance from each other. 

“Social distancing is vital to decrease the spread of COVID-19,” said Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli. “I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to take personal responsibility and avoid gatherings both small and definitely large.”

That’s because the next week or two are critical to containing the spread of the disease.

There is even consideration being given to imposing a statewide curfew.

State workers will also be told in the coming week of plans to allow many of them to work from home if they choose.

The vast majority of novel Coronavirus cases are in Northern New Jersey, where the two fatalities are reported. Bergen County leads the state with 29 cases. By contrast, Camden County has 2 positive cases with 4 reported in Burlington County. ​