(Bloomberg) -- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a second-termRepublican who has called President Barack Obama’s health careoverhaul a “failed federal program,” is benefiting from it in hisfiscal 2016 budget.

The state will spend $150 million less on charity care foruninsured patients next year, Christie saidTuesday at a town- hall meeting in Somerville. The expansion inMedicaid eligibility under Obamacare has led to a 43 percent dropin the number of uncompensated hospital cases, he said.

ExpandingMedicaid was the right decision for New Jersey,” hesaid during the 90-minute session in an elementary school gym.“It’s helping to save us money. Our state taxpayers are seeing morefederal dollars and we’ve also added more people covered so theydon’t go for their primary care in a hospital emergency room.”

Complete your profile to continue reading and get FREE access to BenefitsPRO, part of your ALM digital membership.

  • Critical BenefitsPRO information including cutting edge post-reform success strategies, access to educational webcasts and videos, resources from industry leaders, and informative Newsletters.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM, BenefitsPRO magazine and BenefitsPRO.com events
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including ThinkAdvisor.com and Law.com
NOT FOR REPRINT

© 2024 ALM Global, LLC, All Rights Reserved. Request academic re-use from www.copyright.com. All other uses, submit a request to [email protected]. For more information visit Asset & Logo Licensing.