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New Jersey's uninsured rate has fallen more than one-third since before the federal deadline to sign up on, The Bergen Record reported last night.

The number of people without health insurance in New Jersey has fallen to its lowest level since 1990, dropping more than a third even before the late March surge in insurance sign-ups, according to a report released on Thursday.

An estimated 430,000 people in New Jersey gained coverage from October through March, said the report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy.

More below the fold.

The number of New Jersey residents who gained coverage by the end of the Affordable Care Act’s first enrollment period on April 1 probably exceeds 430,000 because the survey was completed March 6.

“These findings suggest that uninsurance in New Jersey is at its lowest level since 1990,” the study authors said.

“It’s exciting and an encouraging trend,” said Katherine Hempstead of the Johnson Foundation, a co-author. “But we need to see some more quarters of data and then see then see the census data to really see the trends.”

The reporter unfortunately drags out the old "but how many have paid?" But overall, this is more good press for Obamacare. Not that good press has gotten the same attention as all the negative press, which kind of explains the whole reason people still rely on the worn out tropes like "but how many have paid?"

Originally posted to EPNJ on Fri May 23, 2014 at 07:30 AM PDT.

Also republished by Obamacare Saves Lives.

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  •  Actual number will be closer to 46% (4+ / 0-)

    As stated in the piece, the survey ended March 6.

    Charles Gaba of ACAsignups estimated it this way:

    In other words, between QHPs and Medicaid, it looks like the uninsured number in NJ may have dropped up to an additional 127,000 people since "early March". Some of these folks were switching from an existing policy of some sort, of course, and there will have already been a bit of churn even among the rest, so let's call it an even 100K.

    The article doesn't give the actual "starting" number of uninsured in New Jersey, but according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, it was roughly 1.25 million last fall.

    Assuming the 38% is based on this, that means a net reduction in the inuinsured of around 475,000 through "early March" and another 100K since then, which would mean the reduction to date should actually be closer to 46%.
  •  Good stuff, thanks! n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    i saw an old tree today
  •  Tipped & rec'ed (1+ / 0-)
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    i saw an old tree today

    I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Fri May 23, 2014 at 07:58:37 AM PDT

  •  REPEAL, REPLACE (0+ / 0-)


  •  carrot & stick - how big is the stick? (0+ / 0-)

    As I recall, the ACA includes a penalty (the "Stick") for states that do not expand Medicaid.  Those states that do not expand Medicaid will have the federal payments to hospitals to assist with their care of uninsured patients reduced.

    Is there a state by state list of how much each state's such payments will be reduced in 2014?

    Here in PA, tea party GOP Governor Corbett has refused to expand Medicaid (except on proposed Republican terms, which terms are under review by the Obama HHS).  It would be helpful to be able to argue with undecided voters how much federal money PA is losing because of the Governor's decision not to expand Medicaid.

    •  That was not designed as a stick (1+ / 0-)
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      It was simply that with Medicaid expansion, there would be no need to reimburse hospitals for ER services for the poor, as had been done under a law signed by Ronald Reagan.

      But the Supreme Court's decision to make Medicaid expansion optional has turned it into a stick that hospitals are using to beat up on Republicans.

      Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

      by Mokurai on Fri May 23, 2014 at 09:34:39 AM PDT

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