All children in the state must have health care coverage, either through public programs or

The New Jersey Legislature has articulated the State’s public policy to assure children are provided health insurance coverage. See N.J.S.A. 26:15-1(g) (mandating all children in the state must “have health care coverage, either through public programs or private coverage[,]” under the New Jersey Health Care Reform Act, N.J.S.A. 26:15-1 to -2). The New Jersey Child Support Guidelines place the same obligation on both parents, even though they may be separated or divorced. See Pressler & Verniero, Current N.J. Court Rules, Appendix IX–A to R. 5:6A at 2563 (2013) (“If health insurance is available to both parents, the parent who can obtain the most comprehensive coverage at the least cost shall be ordered to provide health insurance for the child.”).

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