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!