Change in eligibility leaves thousands of N.J. residents without healthcare (Star Ledger)

December 3, 2012 – More than 46,000 people in New Jersey lost health coverage since March 2010 because of a complicated change in eligibility requirements for NJ FamilyCare, the popular state-run HMO insurance program for the working poor, lawmakers and legal advocates say. Facing a wide budget gap in early 2010, the Christie administration announced it would not accept any more parents as new applicants and cut eligibility to only those families making no more 33 percent above the federal poverty rate, or $25,390 for a family of three, based on current income standards. Before the change, FamilyCare accepted parents if they had earned up to twice the poverty rate.

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