NEW JERSEY — New Jersey is poised to begin its first-ever Medicaid expansion program this year, after voters approved a law allowing for the program’s expansion in November.
New Jersey’s program will allow people with low incomes to receive Medicaid coverage through the state’s Medicaid trust fund, which covers health insurance costs for low-income families and retirees.
New Jerseyans will have access to health insurance through the trust fund and the New Jersey Health and Hospitals Corporation.
The state’s budget for fiscal year 2019-2020 is $3.9 billion.
In New Jersey, there are three primary Medicaid program areas: the New York State program, New Jersey Hospital Association’s Medicaid-eligible adult population, and New Jersey General Fund Medicaid.
The health plan’s coverage expansion will cover more than 9 million New Jersey residents who were previously uninsured.
It will cover about 5.7 million uninsured adults and 1.7 millions people ages 18 to 64.
More:More:New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Monday announced the state will begin accepting applications for Medicaid in mid-July, according to the Associated Press.
Under the Medicaid expansion, eligible New Jerseyan who are under age 65 will be able to enroll in a plan that will cover them through the federal health care program for the elderly.
In addition, anyone who lives in New Jersey and is eligible to apply for Medicaid can receive coverage for an average of $1,938 per month.
The state will also start expanding Medicaid eligibility for children ages 0 to 17, according the AP.
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