New Numbers: 8.9 Million Determined Eligible for Medicaid and CHIP Since October 1!

By William Tomasko

Nearly nine million Americans found out they’re eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) between October 2013 and January 2014, according to the latest stats from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). And 2.4 million were found eligible in January alone!

But get this — the total numbers for the past four months of Medicaid and CHIP eligibility determinations are likely even higher. This is because the report doesn’t include determinations made through the federally facilitated marketplaces, and some states haven’t turned in all their data yet.

HHS released these findings in its January report, which covers how many Americans have been determined eligible for Medicaid and CHIP by state agencies. They’ve been publishing these reports for each month of open enrollment — see the full collection of reports here (under the eligibility tab). Note: these numbers include those newly eligible under the Affordable Care Act, those eligible under prior law who were not previously enrolled, and some renewals.

It’s encouraging that so many Americans are signing up for no or low-cost health coverage! And to make eligibility determinations and enrollment as easy as possible for consumers, we’ve been featuring and tracking strategies to accelerate those processes, such as using data from SNAP to identify consumers who are very likely to be eligible for Medicaid.

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