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Urban hospitals in New Jersey to take huge hit in charity aid

Newark Star-Ledger, May 27, 2008
New Jersey hospitals in Jersey City, Newark, Morristown and Perth Amboy would be among the biggest losers under a proposed state funding formula that would slash nearly $142 million in charity care payments for treating the uninsured, according to an analysis from the New Jersey Hospital Association. A total of 22 hospitals would have their charity care aid wiped out entirely, according to the review. The analysis adds that 62 hospitals would lose aid, while only 18 would get a boost. Jersey City Medical Center, for example, would suffer a cut of nearly $42 million, the biggest funding reduction in the state. The Medical Center's aid would be cut about 50% to $41.6 million.