Huge Medicaid Surge Boosts Demand for Doctors

Finding a doctor may have just gotten a little harder for poor people in Kentucky, Nevada, Oregon and Vermont.

These states have all seen their rosters for both Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program grow by more than half in the last year and a half, ever since Obamacare’s major insurance expansions rolled out.

The influx has been greatest in Kentucky, where 438,000 more residents have signed up in the last year and a half — an increase of nearly three-quarters in the government health insurance program run by states.

Vermont and Nevada’s Medicaid and CHIP programs have each grown by roughly two-thirds. In Oregon, nearly 360,000 people have signed up, representing an increase of more than half in that state’s safety-net insurance programs.

All four states have chosen to expand Medicaid to include adults earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, an option provided under the Affordable Care Act. The new enrollees represent two types of people: those who are newly eligible for Medicaid and those who were eligible previously but just now signed up.