Averting a Medicaid Crisis in New JerseyFeatured, Health & Welfare, Policy — By Paul Tyahla on April 26, 2011 at 11:42 AM
As the nation prepares for the possible full implementation of federal health care reform, New Jersey must prepare for the coming effects on the state’s Medicaid population.
On April 12, CSI-NJ hosted a forum to educate legislators, legislative staff and other policymakers about the ways the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will expand Medicaid eligibility and the limits of the federal government’s assistance to the state.
Christie Herrera of the American Legislative Exchange Council and Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute came to Trenton to inform legislators about the 350,000 – 500,000 additional New Jerseyans that will be newly eligible for Medicaid. This sets the state up for even greater budget strains and a decreased quality of care.
States such as Florida and Rhode Island are already taking market-based steps to prepare their states for a growth in Medicaid that are designed to improve medical outcomes while constraining costs. Ms. Herrera’s presentation to the forum is available below.
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