CMS Touts Benefits of Medicaid Expansion for Children

States that expanded access to Medicaid under ObamaCare greatly increased access to healthcare for the poor, especially for children, according to the Obama administration.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a monthly report Friday showing 6.7 million more people had signed up for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) by May compared to last September.

The CMS says about 26.4 million children were enrolled in CHIP or Medicaid overall, and 56 percent of all enrollees in the programs are children.

“In the 38 states that reported relevant data, more than half of all Medicaid and CHIP enrollees are children, highlighting the importance of these programs to the health and well-being of our nation’s children,” CMS Deputy Administrator Cindy Mann said.

The Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that the federal government couldn’t penalize states for not expanding Medicaid, leading a number of states to opt out of the expansion.