New Jersey Resources

New Jersey

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. Sometimes, state laws are more protective than federal law. For more information on this state's specific laws (e.g., on employment or health insurance), visit Triage Cancer's Charts of State Laws.


Disability Insurance

State Disability Insurance

Federal Disability Programs

Private Disability Insurance

  • You can also purchase short-term and/or long-term disability insurance directly from a private insurance company or this type of insurance may be offered by your employer as an employee benefit. See our Quick Guide to Long-Term Disability Insurance for more information.


Federal Fair Employment

  • The U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, transgender status, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, or genetic information. The laws apply to all types of work situations, including hiring, firing, promotions, harassment, training, wages, and benefits. For more information about the EEOC, including how to file a complaint, visit the EEOC's websitecall 800.669.4000, or email
  • The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a program funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, that provides free, expert, and confidential guidance on job accommodations and disability employment issues. They also have several resources on how to approach an employer to request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act and a Searchable Online Accommodation Resource where individuals can find suggested accommodations based on job duties or limitations that they are experiencing. For more information, visit the JAN website, call 800.526.7234, or email

State Fair Employment

State Unemployment

Vocational Rehabilitation

  • Your state's Vocational Rehabilitation agency provides vocational rehabilitation services that are designed to help job seekers with disabilities obtain competitive employment in integrated work settings. For more information on their services, eligibility requirements, and how to apply, visit the New Jersey Department of Human Services website, or call 973.648.3660.

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Employment – Taking Time Off

Federal Leave Laws

State Family & Medical Leave (for self & for caregivers)

  • Some states have family & medical leave. New Jersey's Paid Family Leave law allows an employee to take up to 12 weeks off to provide care for a family member or to bond with a new baby. The law does not allow an individual to take time off for their own medical reasons.

State Paid Family Leave (for caregivers)

  • 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.

State Paid Sick Leave (for self)

  • 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. Learn more about New Jersey paid sick leave.
  • Some states have kinship laws that allow you to use your sick leave to care for a child. New Jersey allows an employee to use their sick time to provide care for a family member.

State Paid General Leave (for any reason)

  • Some states provide general paid leave. New Jersey does not currently have a general paid leave law.

State Bone Marrow Donation Leave

  • Some states provide leave to donate bone marrow. New Jersey does not currently have a leave law specific to bone marrow donations for most employers, however state employees are entitled to up to 5 days for bone marrow donation (and up to 30 days for organ donation).

County & Local Leave

  • Some cities and counties have additional leave laws.

Workplace Leave Policies or Employment Contracts

  • Everyone’s situation is different. Check your employee handbook, your workplace policies, and/or your employment contract (if you have one) to see whether you are eligible to take paid or unpaid time off from work.

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For information on financial assistance resources, you can visit the Financial Assistance Resources module at You can then pick from the different categories of financial assistance, to find organizations that may provide financial help to you. Think creatively. For example, if you cannot find anything to help with your medical bills, you may qualify for utility assistance and shift the money you had dedicated to utilities to your medical bills.

Health Care

Health Insurance Information

Health Insurance Options

  • For information about options for buying health insurance from private insurance companies, as well as whether you are eligible for marketplace financial assistance, visit the Get Covered New Jersey website, or call 833.677.1010.
  • COBRA provides a way for workers and their families to temporarily maintain their employer-provided health insurance during situations such as job loss or a reduction in hours worked. If you have questions about COBRA, visit the Employee Benefits Security Administration website or call 866.444.3272.
Children's Health Insurance
  • Visit this site to learn about the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) (800.701.0710), which provides low-cost health coverage to children in families that earn too much money to be eligible for Medicaid.
  • Visit to learn about free or low-cost health and dental insurance coverage options for kids and teens.
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Health Insurance Appeals

  • To apply for an Independent Medical Review (an external appeal of a health plan denial) or to file a Consumer Complaint about your health plan, visit the Independent Health Care Appeals Program website,
  • If your health insurance company has denied coverage for your care, you can appeal that decision. The process depends on the type of health insurance that you have. Visit the Health Insurance Appeals module on to learn more about appeals.
  • If you have private health insurance (e.g., through an employer or the Marketplace), you can also file an external appeal with an entity outside of your insurance company, to see if the insurance company is required to cover your care. The external review process is either handled by the state’s insurance agency or the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Visit our Chart of State Laws on Health Insurance Coverage & Navigation to see who runs the external appeals process in your state.



Early & Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, & Treatment (EPSDT)
  • The EPSDT benefit is a Medicaid benefit available to individuals under the age of 21.
  • States are required to provide comprehensive services needed to correct and ameliorate health conditions, including:
    • Early: Assess and identify problems early, starting at birth
    • Periodic: Check children’s health at periodic, age-appropriate intervals in comprehensive well-child visits, including health education
    • Screening: Provide physical, dental, mental, developmental, hearing, vision, and other screening or laboratory tests to detect potential problems
    • Diagnosis: Perform diagnostic tests and assessments to follow up when a risk is identified during screening and examinations
    • Treatment: Control, correct, or ameliorate any problems that are found
  • States are required to provide any additional health care services that are coverable under the federal Medicaid program and found to be medically necessary to treat, correct or reduce illnesses and conditions discovered regardless of whether the service is covered in a state's Medicaid plan. State Medicaid agencies are required to:
    • Inform all Medicaid-eligible individuals under age 21 that EPSDT services are available and of the need for age-appropriate immunizations;
    • Offer and provide, if requested and necessary, assistance with transportation to medical care.
    • Offer and provide, if requested and necessary, assistance with scheduling appointments for EPSDT visits and services.
  • Learn more about your state's program.
Children's Health Insurance
  • Visit this site to learn about the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) (800.701.0710), which provides low-cost health coverage to children in families that earn too much money to be eligible for Medicaid.
  • Visit to learn about free or low-cost health and dental insurance coverage options for kids and teens.
In-Home Support Services (IHSS)
More Medicaid Resources

Free or Low-Cost Health Care

Health Care Programs & Laws

Women's Health & Cancer Rights Act (WHCRA)
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)

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State Cancer Information


  • 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.