New Jersey Resources

This page has information specific to this state, including contact information for federal and state agencies, and some key information about laws and consumer protections.

To find financial assistance resources, please visit CancerFinances.org.

Click here for information about laws specific to New Jersey.


Disability Insurance

Federal Disability Insurance (SSDI & SSI)
Social Security Administration

State Disability Insurance & Paid Family Leave
New Jersey Division of Temporary Disability and Family Leave Insurance

SSI State Supplement
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in New Jersey

Find your local SSA office

More Disability Resources


How to File Bankruptcy in New Jersey for Free

Filing bankruptcy can be an effective way to eliminate medical bills and credit card debt among other kinds of erasable debts.

National Foundation for Credit Counseling


Federal Fair Employment Agency
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Reasonable Accommodations
Job Accommodation Network

Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
U.S. Department of Labor
Wage & Hour Division

State Fair Employment Agency
New Jersey Department of Law & Public Safety, Division on Civil Rights

Vocational Rehabilitation
New Jersey Department of Human Services

More Employment Resources

Medicaid Programs

Triage Cancer Guide to Medicaid Expansion

NJ Medicaid
NJ Family Care

State Medicaid Program for In-Home Care
Medicaid Managed Long Term Services and Supports (MLTSS)

State Children’s Health Insurance Program
NJ FamilyCare

Find Health & Dental Coverage For Your Family

More Health Insurance Resources


Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
800.MEDICARE (633.4227)

Medicare & You

Medicare Assistance
State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)
Find the telephone number of your local office

More Health Insurance Resources

Health Care Programs & Laws

Women’s Health & Cancer Rights Act (WHCRA)

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

Sharing Medical Information with Family & Friends

Hill Burton Federally-Funded Health Centers

Federally Qualified Health Centers

Community Clinics

New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection Program (NJCEED)


Local transit systems may provide free or discounted rates for low-income individuals and families. Some cities also offer bus passes, vouchers for taxi or ride-sharing services, or shuttle services for patients traveling to cancer treatments.

Dial 211 for assistance.

Unemployment Resources

Unemployment Agency
New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Agency: New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Information about filing available here. A step-by-step guide for applying is available here. Claimants can also file by phone: North New Jersey 201-601-4100; Central New Jersey 732-761-2020; South New Jersey 856-507-2340; out-of-state  888-795-6672 (you must call from a phone with an out-of-state area code); New Jersey Relay 711. Click here to see the current weekly benefit amount and the maximum length of benefits. Payment is available via debit card or direct deposit. Claimants must make at least one job search contact per week when claiming benefits and must keep a record of the job search. A comprehensive guidebook is available in English and Spanish. Frequently asked questions are answered here. Customer service can be reached by email.

Information about certifying benefits online is available here. Updates related to Covid-19 are available here. Information about the Families First Corona Virus Response Act, including information about how Federal Emergency Paid Sick Leave interacts with expanded Unemployment Insurance benefits, and NJ benefits/protections, is available here.

State Clinical Trials Law

NJ has a voluntary consensus agreement that applies to nine insurers all of whom are members of the New Jersey Association of Health Plans.  Accordingly, routine health cost coverage is limited to Phase I, II, and III of cancer clinical trials taking place within the state.  A trial qualifies for coverage is if it authorized or approved by one of the following: (1) NIH, including cooperative group trials and trials at NCI cancer centers, (2) U.S. F.D.A., (3) U.S. Dept. of Defense, or (4) U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs.

(Current as of 8/2022)

State Leave Laws

Paid Family Sick Leave

Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Division of Temporary Disability and Family Leave Insurance

  • Who’s eligible? Employees who worked 20 calendar weeks in a base year. Additionally, employees must have earned $240 or more per week or $12,000 or more during the base year.
  • Who can be cared for? A family member who is seriously ill or injured. “Family member” includes parents, spouse, children of any age, parents-in-law, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, domestic partners, chosen family, any other individuals related by blood, or any other individuals with whom you consider to be family.
  • How much time is given? Up to 12 consecutive weeks (84 days) or up to eight weeks (56 days) of intermittent leave in a 12-month period.
  • How much is paid? Benefits are based on the employee's average weekly wage, up to $993/week.
  • How do I apply? Online by mail (Division of Temporary Disability and Family Leave Insurance) or by phone at (609) 292-7060.

Paid Sick Leave

New Jersey passed an earned sick leave law which became effective on October 29, 2018. Most employees in New Jersey are covered under this law. The law requires that employees accrue paid leave at a rate of at least one hour per every 30 hours worked. Employees may not use more than 40 hours of paid leave per each 12 month period. For more information, see New Jersey's website.

For more information about leave laws in each state, see our chart on taking time off from work.

Updated 8/2022