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How do you determine Medicaid eligibility in N.J.?

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Medicaid eligibility in New Jersey may be determined by comparing income to information available from the federal government through Medicaid.gov. For example, a four-person household in 2014 may receive Medicaid assistance for any children up to 1 year of age if the family earns less than $3,856 per month.

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As of 2014 in New Jersey, for children age 1 through 18 to be eligible for Medicaid, a family of four must earn less than $2,822 per month. For parents and other adults in the household to be eligible for Medicaid, the family's income must be below $2,643 per month.

Medicaid eligibility can also be determined by reviewing income as a percentage of the federal poverty standard. In New Jersey, a family's income must be less than 194 percent of the poverty level for a child younger than 1 year old to receive Medicaid benefits as of 2014. For children ages 1 through 18 to receive benefits, the family's income must be less than 142 percent of the poverty level. For parents and other adults to receive benefits, the family's income must be below 133 percent of the federally defined poverty level.

Medicaid is a health care program provided by the U.S. government to low-income people. New Jersey is among the states that have expanded Medicaid with assistance from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2014. The act increased funding for Medicaid and increased the number of people who are eligible for the program.

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