Get ready to blow out 50 candles, Medicaid. Fifty years ago this week, Medicaid was signed into law. Ever since, the program has delivered health and financial security to millions of Americans. And this week, new data confirms that Medicaid is reaching a growing number of Americans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
“Over the last half century, Medicaid has been a game changer for many of the most vulnerable Americans, providing quality, affordable health coverage that would otherwise have been out of reach,” said Enroll America President Anne Filipic in a statement yesterday.
Medicaid has made it possible for millions of low- and moderate-income families, pregnant women, children, people living with disabilities, and seniors to get quality, affordable health coverage. And now that 30 states and the District of Columbia have expanded Medicaid under the ACA, millions more Americans have been able to gain coverage.
A new report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) this week breaks down how 12.8 million people have enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program since the first ACA open enrollment period. Expansion states have seen an enrollment increase of 29.2 percent. But thanks to outreach around the ACA, enrollment has increased by 9.5 percent even in non-expansion states — we call it the “welcome mat” effect. Check out the full report for state-by-state enrollment stats.
Our birthday wish for Medicaid this year: to connect even more Americans to the coverage that they’re eligible for. Medicaid enrollment is year-round, so we’ll continue working with thousands of partners across the country to reach consumers with information about how to get covered by Medicaid.
Here’s to another 50 years (and more!) of quality, affordable health coverage through Medicaid!