Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

What Repeal of Obamacare Would Mean for New Jersey

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

What Repeal of Obamacare Would Mean for New Jersey

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Repealing the Affordable Care Act's funding for premium subsidies and Medicaid expansion would have a direct impact on more than 700,000 New Jersey residents -- about 8 percent of the state's population. It would lead to a big increase in the state's uninsured population, which fell from 13.2 percent in 2013 to 8.7 percent in 2015, according to the U.S. census.

Uninsured people often don't get the health care they need. They are more likely to turn to hospital emergency rooms or clinics when they need medical care, because they don't have coverage for doctor visits. And that, in turn, would be a strain on hospital finances in New Jersey, where many hospitals have narrow operating margins.

New Jersey's expansion of Medicaid in 2014 led to an unexpected surge in enrollment, adding 479,000 poor, childless adults to the rolls. …

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