Number of the Day: 8.6 percent

August 11, 2011 | Number of The Day

A Rutgers University report regarding the Affordable Care Act estimates that the number of uninsured New Jerseyans will decline to 8.6 percent from 14.5 percent due to healthcare reform.

The report by the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy conducted extensive interviews to determine the impact of healthcare reform in the Garden State and found that the number of non-elderly people who will obtain insurance who would not do so otherwise is 444,000.

Of those, the biggest gain will be from individuals who are not currently enrolled in group coverage through their employers, about half of whom will now be eligible for federal tax credit subsidies. The report expects Medicaid/NJ Family Care to expand substantially.

The report estimates that large increases in non-group coverage will climb substantially at all income levels, although the greatest increase will be among those below 400 percent of the federal poverty level. The health status of those uninsured, according to the report, will likely be the same or better than the currently enrolled population.