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[MM Curator Summary]: One state funds Medicaid payments for a children’s hospital in another as part of a specific item in their own budget.
Elias Del Collo of Upper Deerfield has been a patient of Nemours Children’s Hospital in Delaware since he was four days old. His family fears he will lose his treatment team in a dispute between the hospital and the Medicaid managed care carrier that covers his extensive treatment.
State lawmakers took the unprecedented step last month of earmarking $20 million in the new state budget for a pediatric hospital in Delaware, anticipating the cash infusion would halt the facility’s plans to leave New Jersey’s Medicaid managed care program on Aug. 1.
But it’s been nearly two weeks since Gov. Phil Murphy signed the $54.3 billion spending plan into law, and officials from Nemours Children’s Health have not announced whether the facility will remain an in-network hospital for families insured through NJ FamilyCare.