I currently have jersey care as part of obama care in NJ. I am a student with no income and get it for free. I will be moving shortly to New York. Once i move i lose my Jersey Care in New Jersey. Can I apply for obama care in New York before i move? Otherwise i would have a break in my insurance.
ObamaCare expanded Medicaid, but each state has a unique Medicaid program, when moving contact the state you plan to live in and arrange coverage before you move.
It is smart to keep in mind which states expanded Medicaid and which didn't. If you move to one of the (currently 20) states who didn't expand Medicaid, and you are a single adult, you'll need to make more than 100% of the Federal Poverty Level to get access to cost assistance. This is because non-Medicaid cost assistance is offered on the Health Insurance Marketplace, but only to those making between 100% - 400% of the Poverty Level.
It is also smart to be aware that eligibility criteria like residency duration and the benefits covered can vary state to state. So ask about coverage and if you need to live in the state for any period of time before you can apply. There are certain disabled groups that are given special protections and must be provided coverage by the states (from previous Social Security Act amendment). Those whose eligibility is based on blindness, disability or age (65+) are not usually subject to waiting periods. In many states, the required residency duration is only required if you aren't employed in the state..
When in doubt you can always call HealthCare.Gov, but with Medicaid specifically you want to contact the new state's Medicaid office (and once you know when your coverage will start coordinate the end of your old plan with the current states Medicaid office).