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Court: NJ Can End State Health Insurance Coverage For Legal Immigrants

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TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New Jersey does not have to pump millions of dollars into a program that offered free or low-cost health insurance to legal immigrants.

An appeals court ruled Tuesday the Legislature did not overstep its authority by allowing the Human Services to end coverage for nearly 12,000 immigrants enrolled in the state’s FamilyCare program.

Eligibility rules were changed last year as state officials dealt with a budget shortfall.

Lawyers for Seton Hall University’s Center for Social Justice claimed the change was unconstitutional because it singled out a certain group of immigrants.

Associate professor Jenny-Brooke Condon told The Star-Ledger of Newark the case may be appealed to the state Supreme Court.

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