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NJ Cancer Advocates Urging Christie On Medicaid

By Katie Colaneri, WBGO News
January 25, 2013

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Governor Christie still hasn’t made a decision on whether or not to expand Medicaid eligibility. The New Jersey chapter of the American Cancer Society is urging him to say “yes.”

The society’s Cancer Action Network sponsored a survey that shows a majority of New Jersey residents are in favor of expanding Medicaid.

Advocacy Director Ethan Hasbrouck says the disease is well on its way to becoming the second leading cause of death in the state. He says it would give more low-income residents access to preventative screenings "such as mammograms and colonoscopies, treatments and follow-up care for cancer.”

The American Cancer Society estimates roughly 20,000 patients in New Jersey already rely on the federal health plan to help pay for cancer treatments. As Governor Christie weighs the options, Ethan Hasbrouck wants him to consider the thousands more who are in need of coverage.

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