Obama Administration Urges States to Embrace Medicaid Expansion

The Obama administration is urging states to embrace ObamaCare’s expansion of Medicaid by pointing to a rise in enrollments since the law’s insurance marketplaces launched last fall.

In the first release of its kind, federal health officials announced Friday that at least 3 million additional people signed up for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program in February compared with September, before the exchanges began.

The heightened enrollment can be explained by the Medicaid expansion for low-income adults and ObamaCare’s “no wrong door” policy, which directed eligible applicants to the Medicaid program through the private insurance marketplaces.States that adopted the expansion before February saw Medicaid and CHIP enrollment rise by 8.3 percent compared with months prior to October, Friday’s report said.Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius argued in a blog post that the expansion is a good deal for states because the federal government covers the vast majority of the cost.