6.3 Million Eligible for Medicaid Since ACA Implementation

Since the October 1 launch of the new health law, more than 6.3 million Americans have become eligible for government healthcare plans. The increase in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) reflect an expansion of Medicaid under the ACA and also something healthcare policy analysts call an “out-of-the-woodwork effect,” where people who heard about the ACA “sought to obtain health insurance and discovered that they had qualified for Medicaid even before the law expanded eligibility.” However, it’s not exactly known how much credit goes to the healthcare law since this number includes people whose Medicaid enrollment was renewed.

In December, 2.3 million people were eligible for Medicaid or CHIP and about 1.2 million of these were in the 25 states that expanded Medicaid; a little over 1 million were from the states that did not expand Medicaid.

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