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Christie wants Rutgers to find Medicaid savings

2-25-14

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey should find ways to improve delivery of health care for residents covered by the Medicaid and FamilyCare programs.

That’s one of the proposals Gov. Chris Christie gave Tuesday in his annual budget address.

The governor says Rutgers University’s biomedical and health sciences institutions, its Camden campus and University hospital will lead the research. He wants them to specifically look at improving the care for “superutilizers” who are in emergency rooms frequently.

Christie says that 5 percent of the state’s Medicaid recipients last year accounted for 50 percent of the costs.

Many researchers believe that better preventative care and management of their conditions would keep them healthier and less costly for taxpayers.