7.2M Enrolled in Medicaid, CHIP Since ACA Expansions, HHS Says
The data do not specify the number of new enrollees who were eligible for Medicaid or were uninsured before the program was expanded under the Affordable Care Act (Viebeck, The Hill, 8/8). The data also do not include enrollment figures from Maine or North Dakota, which did not submit Medicaid enrollment figures for May or June (Reichard, CQ HealthBeat, 8/8).
However, the data show that 7.2 million U.S. residents enrolled in the coverage since the Medicaid expansion was implemented (The Hill, 8/8). The data indicate that 602,210 people enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP in June. Researchers noted that enrollment in the programs continues to grow, because unlike the ACA's insurance exchanges, individuals can enroll in CHIP or Medicaid at any time throughout the year
Enrollment Grows Faster in Expansion States
CMS Deputy Administrator Cindy Mann in a blog post wrote that Medicaid and CHIP enrollment in the 26 states that expanded their Medicaid programs under the ACA increased by 18.5%, compared with 4% in states that did not expand Medicaid. She estimated that 5.7 million more low-income U.S. residents would have enrolled if the remaining 24 states expanded Medicaid.
According to an Urban Institute study released Thursday, states that do not expand Medicaid are forgoing about $423.6 billion in federal funds from 2013 to 2022. In addition, hospitals in non-expansion states are missing out on about $167.8 billion in Medicaid revenue, the study estimated (CQ HealthBeat, 8/8).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.