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June 7, 2011

If Gov. Chris Christie’s proposal to cut parent eligibility for NJ FamilyCare to only 25 percent of the federal poverty level passes, it would mean 93,000 working-poor adults would be denied coverage in 2012, according to Ray Castro, of the New Jersey Policy Perspective. Castro testified Monday at a state Senate hearing, arguing against the proposed overhaul of the Medicaid and NJ FamilyCare programs.

According to Castro, 43,000 parents were denied NJ FamilyCare this year, after the state cut back eligibility from 200 percent to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. Although Essex and Hudson County saw the greatest number of parents denied coverage, every county in the state experienced some loss.

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