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January 26, 2017

There’s no good news in the Trump administration’s ongoing push to roll back the Affordable Care Act — though little has been said about a replacement — so this is a case of the bad news not being worse. New Jersey has been ranked 15th when it comes to states most likely to be adversely affected by the repeal, according to a new study by WalletHub, the personal finances website.

New Jersey’s overall score of 50.95 puts it right between the District of Columbia (50.99) and California (50.50). The total score was calculated using a number of weighted factors, including growth in uninsured population by 2019 and 2021; presence of Planned Parenthood funding; potential job loss and economic impact of repeal; growth in uncompensated care costs; and share of young adults with health insurance coverage.

Massachusetts finished first in the ranking and was projected to have the highest growth in uninsured population in 2019 and 2021, as well as the fourth-highest growth in uncompensated care costs. Pennsylvania was ranked 12th; New York, 33rd.

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