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Medicaid enrollment spikes to 48M in weak economy
San Francisco Chronicle

More people signed up for Medicaid last year than at any time since the program’s inception, as the recession wiped out jobs and workplace health coverage.

A report released Thursday by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation found that enrollment in the low-income medical insurance program jumped to more than 48 million. With the economy barely improving, states are forecasting a 6 percent increase in the rolls next year, meaning another strain on their cash-depleted budgets.

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