Medicaid enrollment increases by three millionAccording to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and new information published this week by CNN, there are over three million U.S. citizens who have enrolled for Medicaid since October. The dramatic increase in enrollment has been primarily found in states which have expanded their Medicaid programs under Obamacare.
Medicaid enrollment is up 5.2% since the third quarter of 2013, and an estimated sixty-one Americans are now part of Medicaid and CHIP. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, however, believe millions more people who have not enrolled may be eligible but there have many technical difficulties sending information to the state Medicaid agencies. There could also be more enrollments which have not been tabulated due to problems with data from some states.
Medicaid enrollment rising in states which have expanded program
Most of the increases in Medicaid enrollment are due to Obamacare, which expanded coverage of the governmental health insurance program by making Medicaid available in some states for adults with a low-income up to 138% of the poverty line ($15,900 for an individual and $32,500 for a family of four). While most states have expanded coverage, many states refused, arguing the costs were too high.
The states which have seen the greatest increase in Medicaid include Oregon and Vermont which both aggressively pursued enrollees. Most states which did not expand Medicaid coverage have seen their rolls increase by as little as 1.6%. However, a few states did see their enrollments dramatically increase. For example, the state of Florida had an 8.2% increase in Medicaid enrollment.
What is Medicaid?
According to Healthcare.gov, Medicaid provides health coverage for some low-income people, families and children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with disabilities. In some states the program covers all low-income adults below a certain income level.
Those who qualify can apply for Medicaid at any time and can do it by visiting their states Medicaid website.
Medicaid enrollment outpaces private insurance
A little known secret that the Administration is not sharing with the public is how fast Medicaid enrollment is outpacing enrollment for private insurance. In fact, according to State Sen. Kent Lambert, a Colorado Springs Republican who serves on the Joint Budget Committee, Medicaid figures prove the Affordable Care Act was more about expanding government-funded health care than getting more people covered by private health insurance.
For instance, in a recent article in the Denver Post, Arthur Kane reported, In Colorado, 158,521 people enrolled for Medicaid, while 118,628 signed up for private insurance at the state health insurance exchange, Connect for Health Colorado, the most recent federal and state figures show. Nationwide, 4.37 million people signed up for Medicaid, compared with 4.24 million people who signed up for private coverage through exchanges.
Whos going to pay for the extra healthcare which will be provided to Americans? Unfortunately, nothings free. The money has to come from somewhere. That means the federal government will keep printing money, we will keep being taxed to death, and the federal deficit will keep increasing at an unsustainable level.