Medicaid enrollment nears 7 million since Obamacare
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[July 12, 2014]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New
enrollments in Obamacare's Medicaid expansion and other
healthcare programs for the poor have reached 6.7
million people since the launch of President Barack
Obama's healthcare reforms last year, the administration
said on Friday.
The figures, which include state Medicaid plans that existed before
Obamacare and the Children's Health Insurance Program, show
enrollment climbing by 920,000 people during May, the latest month
for which data is available. All told, new enrollments are up 11.4
percent since last October's Obamacare rollout.
Eight million Americans have also signed up for private health
insurance through new state-based Obamacare insurance marketplaces.
But while private enrollment ended last spring, Medicaid enrollment
continues year round.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) did not break
out the number of people enrolled in states that have expanded
Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, which makes benefits
available to most low-income people with annual earnings of up to
133 percent of the federal poverty level.
But CMS said enrollment in Medicaid programs have risen 17 percent
in 25 states and the District of Columbia, which have expanded
Medicaid. New enrollments were only 3 percent higher in states that
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In 38 states that reported relevant data, more than half of all
Medicaid and CHIP enrollees were children, according to CMS.
(Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
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