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Christie Urged To Expand Medicaid

Christie urged to expand Medicaid

A coalition of health care advocates and other groups is pressing Governor Christie to announce the expansion of the state’s Medicaid program for poor people during his annual budget address today.

The federal government has told states it will pick up the entire cost of expanding Medicaid for three years beginning in 2014. Afterward, its contribution would decrease by 10 percent.

New Jersey is one of only 11 states still undecided about the expansion, which is part of the federal health care overhaul.
According to estimates from the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, the expansion would make more than 300,000 of the state’s 1.3 million uninsured eligible for coverage, with about 230,000 people expected to enroll.

This is “one of the most important things we can do in New Jersey to fix our broken health care system,” said Dena Mottola Jaborska of New Jersey Citizen Action at the press conference.

Source: Herald News

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