1 in 5 Americans on Medicaid

Evidence shows that enrollment in Medicaid is skyrocketing. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a report this week revealing April’s application and enrollment data for the federal Medicaid program.

Of the 48 states that provided information for that month, over 65 million Americans are shown to receive Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) benefits. Together, this amounts to more than one in five Americans.

The records indicate the vast expansion of Medicaid under the first open-enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act:

Looking at the additional enrollment since October when the Marketplace open enrollment began, among the 48 states reporting both April 2014 enrollment data and data from July-September of 2013, over 6 million additional individuals are enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP, a 10.3 percent increase over the average monthly enrollment for July through September of 2013.

We have seen an overall 10.3 percent enrollment increase and approximately 1.1 million additional people have received benefits in April alone. Although just half of the states expanded Medicaid as a result of the Affordable Care Act, there has been an increase in enrollment across the board.