Five Questions Facing Christie Before State Budget Address

From the Burlington County Times, February 26, 2013:

Questions abound as Gov. Chris Christie prepares to lay out his fourth budget amid a still-sputtering state economy and with reconstruction from Superstorm Sandy in its infancy.

The Times notes that one of the big questions facing the governor is whether or not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

Christie is under no deadline to make a decision on expansion, but there’s speculation he might announce his choice Tuesday because of the budget implications.

New Jersey Policy Perspective, a liberal-leaning think tank, estimates the state would save about $2.5 billion over the next nine years if it goes ahead with expansion, which would make an estimated 233,000 uninsured adults eligible to enroll in Medicaid, with the federal government absorbing all costs for the new enrollees for the first three years and at least 90 percent of the costs in the ensuing years.

So far, 22 states have accepted the Medicaid expansion.

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