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This week in what can be seen as tide of republican governors changing their views on the expansion provision of Obamacare, two more republican governors have joined the ranks of republican governors who have chosen to partake in the Medicaid Expansion provision of Obamacare.
New Jersey republican Governor Chris Christie in a speech during his state budget address confirmed he would be expanding Medicaid eligibility in the state of New Jersey. Christie made sure to express his displeasure with Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act
According to the text of Christie’s speech “After considerable discussion and research, I have decided to participate in Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. While we already have one of the most expansive and generous Medicaid programs in the nation, including the second highest eligibility rate for children, we have an opportunity to ensure that an even greater number of New Jerseyans who are at or near the poverty line will have access to critical health services beginning in January of 2014,” Christie said.
When New Jersey establishes the Medicaid Expansion program, there will be an estimated be 291,000 who will be eligible and may participate in the Medicaid Expansion program by 2022.
It is estimated that New Jersey will spend a minimal amount to insure these individuals; they have the possibility of saving $ 14 Billion through Medicaid expansion as the federal government will cover 100% of the cost of the additional enrollees. Thus causing the state of New Jersey to spend just 1.5 Billion dollars more than what New Jersey would spend without Medicaid Expansion within that same time frame.
Need Application Forms, or information on your states Medicaid Application guideline. Please visit our State Centers for Medicaid Page with links to Applications, and Contact information for specific states.