If you earn within 400% of the poverty level, or $47,000 a year if you're single, or $94,000 for a married couple you qualify for subsidies to purchase health care insurance.
This is not a free program, only for the poor or destitute, this is a program designed to aid the typical American wage earner. The poor and destitute have had access to medicaid since 1965, this is a program to help the working poor and middle class who can't afford comprehensive health care coverage and their jobs don't have a program in place.
Those are the individuals leaving hospitals on the hook for unpaid bills, or being driven to bankruptcy when they become ill because they can't get coverage or can not afford coverage.
I don't know, but based on the projected 'savings', it looks like it would be about $2k for each of the 104,000. So, the people who have insurance collectively pay $2K extra to cover for those 104K without insurance that get their care at free clinics and emergency rooms.
So, the taxpayers in NJ will now pay, what, about $800 a month or $9600 a year to subsidizes those who can't afford or won't buy health insurance. Using those numbers, NJ will 'save' almost a billion $.
What SHOULD they do? Come right out and say it, if you make less than $???, the state and federal government taxpayers will buy your health insurance for you. You can pick up your health insurance card along with your EBT card.