West New Yorkers get covered, as Obamacare fines rise to nearly $1,000 for uninsured

“It’s good for the people who doesn’t have insurance because, especially them that they have no access to healthcare,” says Rose May Ringor, director of clinical services at Hoboken Family Planning. “We can provide the four cancers and screen them – you know you don’t have to pay anything.”


This seemed like a good place to go to take care of some medical needs.

“I’m coming here because my mom came from Cuba and she need help,” says West New York resident Kenye Benalba. ”Yes, everything good, everybody help.”

Monica Adrichem decided to sign up for insurance to see what she could get because she tried on her own and the rates were just too high.

“It’s very important because most of the time you get lost and you don’t know what to do,” says Adrichem, of West Caldwell. “So if there’s somebody there to guide you it’s better.”

A good crowd showed up for everything from financial services to employment services to Obamacare and Medicare.

“There’s a lot of people without enough information and getting sick that were receiving some type of insurance but are no longer receiving and need these services,” says Gianny Suero, of Save Latin America.

They give English classes, computer classes, even citizenship classes at no charge and free tax preparation.

“It’s a whole bunch of youth group kids that help out with the community and we help low income families,” says Hector Torres, from the Franciscan Community Development Center in Fairview.

There’s a huge Hispanic community in West New York and the fair is a great way to provide access to good healthcare.

“Now thanks to the Obama plan we’re gonna be able to get more healthcare for the community but this is helping also,” Mayor Felix Roque says. “So I’m extremely happy to Save Latin America, my friend Johnny’s here.”

About The Author

Jillian has a passion for news, giving voice to the voiceless and telling stories that make an impact. A New Jersey native, she spent the past two years as a multimedia journalist/one-man-band at WTAP-TV, the NBC affiliate in Parkersburg, West Virginia, where she covered everything from meth busts to fracking to the homeless to a young man struck by lightening. She was her news director’s “go to health reporter” and also covered many education and political stories. She frequently interviewed the mayors of Parkersburg, Vienna and Williamstown, WV and Belpre and Marietta, Ohio. She interviewed OH Gubernatorial Candidate Ed Fitzgerald and OH Congressional Candidate Jennifer Garrison, as well as WV Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and WV Senator Joe Manchin. Jillian was a regular fixture at the local police, sheriff’s departments, prosecutors’ offices and courthouses. Many looked forward to her ‘Mom of the Month’ series. Her story about two women who lost their children to heroin was widely recognized, along with her much loved piece on the Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis band camp. In her free time... Jillian enjoys yoga, working out, live music, spending time with friends on both coasts and the Mid-Ohio Valley. She also loves to connect with the community, so feel free to say hi if you see her around, shoot her an e-mail... jrisberg@hctvnj.com or follow her @JillianRis .

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