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NJ advocates looking for word on Medicaid plans



TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Advocates for the poor are looking to Gov. Chris Christie’s budget proposal for word on whether he wants to expand Medicaid to a larger group of low-income people.

Christie has been mum on the topic. But people in the health care world and advocates for the poor suspect he will lay out his plans in the state budget.

Expanding the joint federal-state program is a major piece of the federal health insurance overhaul of 2010. But the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states can decide for themselves whether to do it.

Liberal groups say an expansion would ease the state budget and give more people access to care.

But some healthcare groups are not sure access to care would really improve much.