Medicaid Enrollment Increased by 8 Million People Since October 2013

By William Tomasko

A new enrollment report confirms an ongoing trend: more and more Americans have been able to get covered by Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Medicaid/CHIP enrollment has increased by 8 million people, or 14 percent, since the first open enrollment period started in October 2013.

The report compared average enrollment rates before and after open enrollment started and found a 20 percent increase in states expanding Medicaid. Enrollment grew by 5 percent in non-expansion states.

More and more Americans have the peace of mind and financial security that comes from having affordable health coverage. Last week, we got another snapshot of enrollment news: that as of August 15, 7.3 million Americans were enrolled in plans through the health insurance marketplaces.

The second open enrollment period (OE2) will be an opportunity to build upon and cement these coverage gains, as enrollment stakeholders help consumers navigate enrollment and renewals to #GetCovered and #StayCovered. In October, our #Ready4OE2 webinar and blog series will share lessons learned from OE1 and offer concrete strategies to make outreach and enrollment as effective as possible during OE2. You can click here to sign up for the first two webinars in the series!

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