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Report: More N.J. Residents Have Health Coverage Due to Obamacare

Most newly insured residents are Medicaid participants, according to a new survey

The emergency room at Ocean Medical Center in Brick, N.J. (Patch File Photo: Daniel Nee)
The emergency room at Ocean Medical Center in Brick, N.J. (Patch File Photo: Daniel Nee)
The number of New Jerseyans who have no medical insurance has dropped since the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, has been implemented, a report said Friday.

NJ Spotlight reported that the percentage of state residents between 18 and 65 years old without insurance fell from 21.2 percent in Sept. 2013 to 13.2 percent in March 2014, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health Monitoring Survey.

The report said the 13.2 percent figure represented the lowest number of uninsured New Jerseyans since 1990.

While more insured residents was touted as good news, it could come with a cost.

According to the NJ Spotlight report, two thirds of those newly insured under the Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchange in New Jersey are covered by the expansion of Medicaid, a taxpayer-funded health care program that costs $16,105 per individual or $32,913 for a family of four.

A similar survey will be conducted in June by the foundation. For more, read the full report on NJ Spotlight.
Brandy the Dog May 28, 2014 at 07:07 AM
Or, as free thinker Belair Bredan said in regard to paying for anything, "get it from Blue State Jesus".
Brian N May 28, 2014 at 07:12 AM
There's always a middle ground yet so many are blind to finding it
Brandy the Dog May 28, 2014 at 07:19 AM
Middle ground? You're kidding, right?
Brian N May 28, 2014 at 11:48 AM
Not at all…that's the problem with government today…everyone is too busy earning "points" instead of meeting in the middle to actually get things done.
Michael pellettiere May 28, 2014 at 12:23 PM
Bs. My friend chopped his fingers off and got put back on free. Charity care . Didn't effect his credit or his assets. He had a job just didn't have insurance

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