The expansion of Medicaid in New Jersey would benefit hundreds of thousands of Garden State residents who now have no access to an affordable health care coverage option. Governor Christie should listen to non-partisan academics and researchers at Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, and from the Health Care Quality Institute, and enact the expansion. The expansion costs to the state would be negligible, and the benefits are great.
Medicaid expansion would save hospitals, and indirectly its paying patients, hundreds of millions of dollars. And this is particularly important in light of the scaling back of federal funding for charity care. The failure to expand Medicaid combined with this reduced federal support would leave financially vulnerable hospitals even further at risk, potentially even at risk for closure, meaning jobs lost, and fewer health facilities to care for all residents.
Failure to expand Medicaid in New Jersey would be both imprudent and fiscally irresponsible.