A federal appeals court this week gave New Jersey more breathing room to solve a crisis threatening the solvency of all hospitals in the state.

A May 27 federal court ruling that essentially dismantled the state's hospital reimbursement system was to take effect today. But an appeals court Wednesday decided to let New Jersey keep its existing system in place at least until mid-August, when legal briefs from the state and various insurers contesting the system are due.

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