Medicaid Enrollment Continues to Soar Under Obamacare, Administration Says

Americans this year are enrolling in Medicaid at a higher rate than in 2013, the Obama administration said Friday in an update that highlighted particular growth in states that opted to expand the government health program for the poor under Obamacare.

Through May, 6.7 million more people had enrolled in the program or the Children’s Health Insurance Program compared to a baseline period from last year, an increase of 11.4 percent.

Cindy Mann, a deputy administration at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said in a blog post that more than 920,000 additional people enrolled in May compared to April in the 48 states and the District of Columbia that reported data.

Unlike Obamacare’s private-market exchanges, which have set sign-up periods, people can enroll in Medicaid year-round.

In the 38 states that reported the 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,” Ms. Mann wrote.

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