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Elizabeth High School Students Attend Governor Murphy Press Conference on Healthcare at Elizabeth Public Library



Elizabeth, N.J., December 3, 2018 – High School students from Elizabeth Public Schools’ seven secondary academies had the opportunity to attend a press conference held by Gov. Phil Murphy and members of his cabinet at the Elizabeth Public Library on Monday that focused on the Affordable Healthcare Act and enrolling in health coverage.

Gov. Murphy encouraged state residents to visit Get Covered New Jersey, the state’s website that provides resources for selecting and enrolling in an affordable health insurance plan. In New Jersey, residents are still required to carry health coverage in 2019 and failure to do so, without qualifying for an exemption, may result in the assessment of a Shared Responsibility Payment (SRP) on their 2019 New Jersey Income Tax return.

Students had the opportunity to listen to the governor and other government officials field questions from the media and speak on healthcare, a topic that is always front and center in the interests of residents throughout the United States.

“Elizabeth Public Schools prides itself on providing high quality instruction and a rigorous curriculum, which also includes special events beyond the classroom that offer our students unique opportunities to learn about topics that affect their lives on a more personal and intimate level,” stated Elizabeth Public Schools Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer. “Today’s press conference with Governor Murphy allowed our students to learn more about the complex aspects of healthcare in our nation as well as the function of a free press in maintaining transparency between our government and the general public.”

“I think this press conference was such a wonderful experience for our students,” said Elizabeth Board of Education President Maria Carvalho. “Being informed is one of the most important responsibilities that we have as a member of a community. Our students were able to hear directly from our governor and other important government officials about the importance of being medically insured and the impact that healthcare has on our society, which makes them that much better equipped to be a valuable participant in our country’s democratic process.”

New Jersey residents may visit Get Covered New Jersey ( for resources on enrolling in health coverage. The deadline for open enrollment at the health insurance marketplace is December 15, 2018.