Report: Fewer than 2 million new Medicaid enrollees are result of health law

Published on February 7, 2014 at 12:36 AM · No Comments

The study by consulting firm Avalere Health concludes that less than a third of the 6.3 million who have signed up for Medicaid have done so because of the health law's expansion of eligibility. Developments in Virginia and Florida are also covered.

The Washington Post: Fewer Than 2 Million Signed Up For Medicaid Under The Health Law, Report Says
Between 1 million and 2 million Americans signed up for Medicaid last year because of the health-care law, according to a new report suggesting that many of the people who have joined the program since the initiative's rollout in October would have done so absent the law. The Obama administration has said that 6.3 million people were determined to be eligible for Medicaid between October and December. But the study, from health-care industry consulting firm Avalere Health, suggests that only a fraction of the enrollments are strictly the result of the health-care law (Somashekhar and Sun, 2/5). 

CNN: Study Puts New Medicaid Enrollment Under Obamacare At Fewer Than 2 Million
Just a fraction of the more than 6 million people the Obama administration has touted as being determined eligible for Medicaid under Obamacare are new enrollees, according to an independent study released Wednesday. The new study, published by the health advisory company Avalere, estimates that between 1.1 and 1.8 million people are newly enrolled in Medicaid thanks to the Affordable Care Act over the final three months of 2013. While federal officials have frequently cited increased Medicaid enrollment as an example of Obamacare's success, they have been unable to report how many of those enrollees would have been eligible for the government program without the law's expanded eligibility requirements (Aigner-Treworgy, 2/5).

The Washington Post: McAuliffe Pushes For Medicaid Expansion
Gov. Terry McAuliffe used the occasion of his first bill-signing Wednesday to make a far-reaching pitch for Medicaid expansion as an economic development tool. Saying he's flexible about the details, hungry to find bipartisan compromise and "willing to work with anybody, around the clock, 24 hours a day, seven days a week," McAuliffe (D) said that the commonwealth should seize the chance to insure hundreds of thousands of low-income Virginians under the new health-care law -; for their sake, and the sake of the economy (Laris, 2/5). 

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