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October 26, 2016

There are 1.492 million Medicare recipients living in New Jersey, a rate of 17 percent, according to statehealthfacts.org, a website maintained by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Of these, 87 percent are eligible due to age and 13 percent due to disability. The average expenditure per New Jersey enrollee is $11,903, the highest in the country. Despite the fact that the cost in New Jersey is significantly higher than the national average ($10,365), there are states that are in New Jersey’s range. Florida, for instance, pays $11,893 per enrollee, Louisiana $11,700, and New York $11,604. Between 1991 and 2009, the total annual increase in spending for Medicare in the Garden State was 7.9 percent – lower than in most states.

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