Fact Sheet: 9 Great Reasons to Expand Medicaid in New Jersey Now

December 6th, 2012  |  by  |  Published in Health Care, NJPP Blog: As a Matter of Fact ..., Reports  |  1 Comment

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One of the hallmark pieces of the sweeping federal health care reform law known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the expansion of Medicaid to cover millions of low-income Americans. But when the U.S. Supreme Court kept the health law mostly intact in June, it allowed states to choose whether or not to accept the Medicaid expansion provision.

Some Republican governors have been openly hostile to the idea, mainly for partisan reasons. Here in New Jersey, Gov. Christie has at times suggested there’s no need to expand Medicaid and at other times played coy, while some Republican legislators have also questioned whether the state should expand Medicaid Рeven though the law requires that the federal government pick up almost all the cost.

But there is no question New Jersey needs to accept the Medicaid expansion – it would be a boon to the state’s uninsured, and it’s taxpayers. For a quick rundown of the top nine reasons, check out the new fact sheet we prepared with our allies in the NJ For Health Care coalition – downloadable here as a PDF or viewable as a JPG below.


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  1. Loretta Weinberg says:

    December 6th, 2012at 11:56 PM(#)

    Senator Joe Vitale and I have been lobbying for this medicaid expansion for a long while. It is so logical and helpful for New Jersey, that explaining being opposed is completely “nuts”. What is wrong with these Republican Governors (including our own)?

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