TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey health officials are pushing to tighten the eligibility requirements for new Medicaid enrollees as part of Gov. Christopher Christie's administration's effort to save $300 million by overhauling the health care program for low income and disabled residents.

The proposal would deny coverage to new adult enrollees who earn more than $5,317 per year for a family of three — about one-fifth of the current income requirement. It would also move more participants from fee-for-service plans into managed care and require a $25 copay when hospital emergency rooms are used for non-emergency treatment.

Children would not be affected, but about 23,000 uninsured adults could lose eligibility.

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