New Jersey Becomes Latest to Embrace Medicaid Expansion. How About It, PA?

Chris Christie is the latest to join a growing bipartisan group of governors embracing the opportunity to expand Medicaid health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The New Jersey governor announced his decision during his budget address today. The Star Ledger has more:

As for his decision to expand Medicaid, the Republican governor, a critic of President Obama's Affordable Care Act, could reap up to $300 million by expanding the state program in the coming budget year.

For weeks, a coalition of labor, religious, family and consumer groups waged an aggressive letter-writing and media campaign encouraging Christie to expand the Medicaid program. Doing so, they argued, would allow 300,000 uninsured and childless people to apply for Medicaid.

States that have opted in to the Medicaid expansionDuring his budget address, Governor Christie said that expanding Medicaid "will provide health insurance to tens of thousands of low-income New Jerseyans, help keep our hospitals financially healthy, and actually save money" for the state's taxpayers.

Governor Corbett, for his part, has opted not to follow the lead of Republican governors in Ohio, Michigan, Arizona, New Jersey and several other states that have agreed to the federal expansion of health coverage. It is a decision that has real consequences for the state's economy as well as hundreds of hardworking low-income Pennsylvanians who have no health coverage. Click here or on the map above to learn more.

Last week, a report estimated that the optional expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act — and the billions in annual federal investments that come with it — would support more than 41,200 new jobs across Pennsylvania's economy in 2016.


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