The state legislature is expected to begin debate on Gov. Chris Christie’s plans to cut Medicaid funding today, and it’s notable to remember that about 11 percent of New Jersey’s population gets it healthcare through the program, according to statehealthfacts.org, a website maintained by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. That compares with 19 percent of the U.S. population as a whole.
The federal Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollment is 146,217, with 81 percent of children in the state eligible for the program enrolled, about the same as nationally.
In 2009, the federal government’s share of Medicaid in New Jersey was 58.9 percent, as opposed to the state’s 41.1 percent. That was much lower than the national average, which was 66.4 percent funding from the federal government and 33.6 percent from the states.
Of those enrolled in Medicaid, 74 percent are already in a managed care program; nationally, the rate is 71 percent. The Christie administration is hoping to enroll another 200,000 of those on Medicaid into a managed care program in order to save another $41 million next year.
In terms of services, 43.6 percent of NJ Medicaid payments go to acute care, as opposed to 61.9 percent nationally. Long-term care accounts for 41 percent of payments, compared with 33.3 percent nationally. Medicaid DSH (Disproportionate Share Hospital) payments — those made to hospitals that serve a disproportionate number of poverty-stricken patients — made up 12.7 percent of the state’s Medicaid budget, while it accounts for 4.8 percent of payments nationally.