Phil Galewitz: Pandemic Swells Medicaid Enrollment to 80 Million People, a ‘High-Water Mark’ (June 17, 2021)

Phil Galewitz, Senior Correspondent at KHN, has made available for download his article, “Pandemic Swells Medicaid Enrollment to 80 Million People, a ‘High-Water Mark’”, published on KHN. The abstract is as follows:

The pandemic-caused recession and a federal requirement that states keep Medicaid beneficiaries enrolled until the national emergency ends swelled the pool of people in the program by more than 9 million over the past year, according to a report released Thursday.

The latest figures show Medicaid enrollment grew from 71.3 million in February 2020, when the pandemic was beginning in the U.S., to 80.5 million in January, according to a KFF analysis of federal data. (KHN is an editorially independent program of KFF.)

That’s up from about 56 million in 2013, just before many states expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. And it’s double the 40 million enrolled in 2001.

Click here to view Phil Galewitz’s summary of “Pandemic Swells Medicaid Enrollment to 80 Million People, a ‘High-Water Mark’”

Posted by Marin Larkin, Associate Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal.

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