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Hundreds Of Thousands Flock To Medicaid While Few Sign Up For ObamaCare

- November 1, 2013

More Americans Are Signing Up For Medicaid Than For Insurance On The ObamaCare Exchange. "The first month of the new health law's rollout reveals an unexpected pattern in several states: a crush of people applying for an expansion of Medicaid and a trickle of sign-ups for private insurance." (Sarah Kliff, "In First Month, The Vast Majority Of ObamaCare Sign-Ups Are In Medicaid," The Washington Post's WonkBlog , 11/1/13)

"If The Trend Continues, Experts Say It Could Prove Costly For States That Will Have To Help Pay" For The New Enrollees. "But if this trend continues, experts say it could prove costly for states that will have to help pay for some of these new Medicaid enrollees. It would widen disparities between the states that opted to expand the entitlement program and those that have not." (Sarah Kliff, "In First Month, The Vast Majority Of ObamaCare Sign-Ups Are In Medicaid," The Washington Post's WonkBlog , 11/1/13)

  • CBS News' Jan Crawford: "There Could Be Big Problems For The Entire System." CRAWFORD: "Now they expected some of these high enrollment numbers. Supporters say this shows there's demand but industry sources say if we don't see some real turnaround soon, there could be big problems for the entire system." (CBS News, " This Morning," 10/25/13)

The Lack Of ObamaCare Exchange Enrollees Could Drive Up Premiums

"And If That Trend Continues, There's Concern There Won't Be Enough Healthy People Buying Health Insurance For The System To Work." (Jan Crawford, "Medicaid Enrollment Spike A Threat To ObamaCare Structure?" CBS News, 10/25/13)

  • Sick People Could Pay Higher Health Care Premiums If The Low Enrollment In Private Insurance Persists. "Low enrollment in private insurance, meanwhile, could increase premiums as it would likely indicate that only sick people, who really need coverage, were signing up." (Sarah Kliff, "In First Month, The Vast Majority Of ObamaCare Sign-Ups Are In Medicaid," The Washington Post's WonkBlog , 11/1/13)

In Many States, The Enrollment Gap Between Medicaid And Exchange Enrollees Is Growing Wider

"Of The States Reporting Enrollment Data, Most Show A Much Wider Gap Between The Two Programs." (Sarah Kliff, "In First Month, The Vast Majority Of ObamaCare Sign-Ups Are In Medicaid," The Washington Post's WonkBlog , 11/1/13)

96 Percent Of Maryland Health Care Enrollees Are Enrolled In Medicaid. "Maryland has enrolled 82,473 people in Medicaid expansion coverage, which accounts for 96 percent of total enrollment. Maryland's exchange, the Maryland Health Connection, has enrolled 3,186 residents." (Sarah Kliff, "In First Month, The Vast Majority Of ObamaCare Sign-Ups Are In Medicaid," The Washington Post's WonkBlog , 11/1/13)

Oregon Had 56,000 People Sign Up For Medicaid Without Enrolling A Single Person In The State's ObamaCare Exchange. "During the first two weeks of October, Oregon cut its uninsured rate by 10 percent - without signing up a single person for private health insurance. Instead, a surge of 56,000 Oregonians flocked to the health law's expansion of Medicaid." (Sarah Kliff, "In First Month, The Vast Majority Of ObamaCare Sign-Ups Are In Medicaid," The Washington Post's WonkBlog , 11/1/13)

Washington Has Over 36,000 More Enrollees In Medicaid Than Signed Up Through The State's Exchange. "In Washington state, officials have reported 42,605 enrollments in the state Medicaid program and 6,390 sign-ups for private insurance." (Sarah Kliff, "In First Month, The Vast Majority Of ObamaCare Sign-Ups Are In Medicaid," The Washington Post's WonkBlog , 11/1/13)

Kentucky Has "Four Times" More Enrollments In Medicaid Than In Through The State's ObamaCare Exchange. "In Kentucky, the marketplace has received 25,654 Medicaid enrollments, about four times the 5,891 private insurance enrollments submitted." (Sarah Kliff, "In First Month, The Vast Majority Of ObamaCare Sign-Ups Are In Medicaid," The Washington Post's WonkBlog , 11/1/13)

"And In Arkansas, The Medicaid Office Has Reported 70,595 Medicaid Applications." (Sarah Kliff, "In First Month, The Vast Majority Of ObamaCare Sign-Ups Are In Medicaid," The Washington Post's WonkBlog , 11/1/13)

Of 37,030 Enrollees In New York's ObamaCare Exchange, 23,717 Were Enrolled In Medicaid." "Nearly 174,000 New Yorkers have applied for health insurance through the state's new exchange program, and 37,030 have fully enrolled, the state Health Department said Wednesday. … The uninsured customers often found they were eligible for Medicaid, the federal-state health insurance for the poor and disabled, the state said. About 23,717 of the new enrollees registered for Medicaid because of their income; New York has more than 5 million people on Medicaid. The other 13,313 enrollees picked private insurance, the Health Department said." (Joseph Spector, "N.Y. Health Exchange Has Enrolled 37,030," Gannett , 10/23/13)

"Of The More Than 3,700 Enrollments In Process In Minnesota's Marketplace, About 2,500 Are For Medicaid." "Of the more than 3,700 enrollments in process in Minnesota's marketplace, about 2,500 are for Medicaid. Only about 400 are people who are enrolling in a health plan. But a look at Minnesota applications in process shows that private insurance enrollees could overtake the number of Medicaid enrollees in the weeks ahead - of 11,600 applications in the marketplace last week, more than 8,000 were for exchange plans." (Phil Galewitz, "In Some States, Most Early Marketplace Enrollees Qualify For Medicaid," Kaiser Health News , 10/22/13)


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