7.2 Million More Americans Got Covered

By William Tomasko

Enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Program (CHIP) has increased by 7.2 million people since the start of the initial open enrollment period (OE1), according to a new report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Combined with enrollment in the health insurance marketplaces, this means that more than 15 million Americans were able to #GetCovered under new health insurance options from October 2013 through June 2014.

The new Medicaid/CHIP report compared average enrollment rates before and after open enrollment started, finding an 18.3 percent increase for states expanding Medicaid and 4 percent for non-expansion states. We’re well on our way to meeting the Congressional Budget Office’s enrollment projection that 8 million will get coverage through Medicaid and CHIP during 2014!

You can read more about the factors behind these increases in an op-ed by our president, Anne Filipic, in Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity. And you can dig deeper into the Medicaid enrollment differences across states here.

Since Medicaid/CHIP enrollment is year-round, the outreach also continues! Check out our Get Covered America campaign’s information on Medicaid/CHIP in “Get Covered 101” and its quiz on how to sign up for Medicaid!

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