State of Emergency Announcement

State of Emergency Announcement
Posted on 03/17/2020

Ensuring you receive your benefits during this ongoing coronavirus concern is a top priority, so in an effort to make it easier for you to apply or receive your benefits, a number of temporary changes have been put in place.

Work First New Jersey cash assistance clients who are due for their case to be reviewed in March or April automatically will get a 60-day extension. You do not need to come into the office.

If you are a SNAP food assistance or a Work First New Jersey cash assistance client, you are not required to attend your work activity, unless you want to and the program is operating. This includes people who are applying for Work First New Jersey General Assistance and are in a work activity for 28 days while their application is being reviewed. No penalty will be assessed to you if you do not attend your work activity.

Please contact 211 for emergencies and/or shelter placements.

For Medicaid questions, customers with active Medicaid coverage can call:

  • 1-800-701-0710 for questions concerning your HMO
  • 1-877-414-9251 for questions concerning your HBID card
  • 1-800-356-1561 for questions concerning covered services

For Child Support and Paternity questions, please call 1-877-655-4371 (1-877-NJKids1)

For information on coronavirus (COVID-19) please visit: or call the NJ Department of Health 24-hour hotline at 1-800-222-1222. The call is free.

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