CHA News Article

CMS Indicates Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment has Risen by 8.7 Million in 2014

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a report indicating that 8.7 million more individuals are enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) than were enrolled at this time last year. Based on data submitted to CMS by the states, enrollment through the end of August 2014 is roughly 68 million, compared to 59 million last year, representing an almost 15 percent increase in total enrollment. According to the report, states that expanded Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) saw greater enrollment increases compared to those that did not (roughly 22 percent versus 5 percent). In California, total Medicaid and CHIP enrollment at the end August was 11.2 million, a 22.3 percent change compared to August 2013 (pre-open enrollment). CMS acknowledges that multiple factors contributed to the change of enrollment between August 2014 and the July through September 2013 baseline period, including but not limited to changes attributable to the ACA.

The full report is available here. Updated enrollment data for past months, which is updated one month after the close of the reporting period, is available on the Eligibility Data tab at the site’s Medicaid Moving Forward page.