Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its first report on state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollment numbers. This report highlights data collected from states during the first month of open enrollment. CMS is reporting that the number of people determined eligible for Medicaid during October was more than 1.46 million, or roughly 19 percent of those estimated to enroll during the entire 6 month open enrollment period. Medicaid-expansion states saw a 15.5 percent jump in the number of Medicaid applications received in October compared to the average monthly enrollment numbers reported in July through September. This indicates individuals are enrolling in much-needed low or no cost coverage options!
Some of this success can be attributed to states that have adopted Medicaid streamlined eligibility and enrollment strategies to help guarantee eligible individuals get covered. As we’ve highlighted many times before, CMS is encouraging states to streamline their eligibility and enrollment processes through the implementation of five different strategies. To date, 223,000 individuals have been enrolled in Medicaid using one of the five strategies whereby individuals enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are contacted because they also likely qualify for Medicaid. Five states are using this strategy: Arkansas, Illinois, New Jersey, Oregon, and West Virginia. To learn more about this option and Arkansas’ recent success, see “Is Snail Mail the Key to Modernizing Enrollment?” and “In Arkansas, Sign Up for Medicaid in a SNAP!“, and stay tuned for more updates from CMS on Medicaid enrollment!