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Approximately 11.2 Million Additional Individuals Enrolled in Medicaid as of January 2015

April 16th, 2015

The Affordable Care Act is now a part of the fabric of our improved American healthcare system. Millions of Americans who were previously uninsured now have access to affordable health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

The Medicaid and CHIP data being release today shows enrollment reaching approximately 11.2 million additional individuals as of January 2015 – a 19.3 percent increase over the average monthly enrollment for July through September of 2013, the pre-Marketplace open enrollment timeframe. Twenty-eight states, plus the District of Columbia, have provided greater access to health care coverage to uninsured low-income individuals by expanding Medicaid coverage through the Affordable Care Act.

Among states that had implemented the Medicaid expansion and were covering newly eligible adults in January 2015, Medicaid and CHIP enrollment rose by 26.1 percent compared to the July-September 2013 baseline period, while states that did not expand Medicaid during the reporting period showed an increase of 7.8 percent over the same period.

Likewise, we continued to see growth in coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces. Nearly 11.7 million consumers nationwide selected or were automatically re-enrolled in quality, affordable health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces as of Feb. 22. These numbers affirm the fact that the Affordable Care Act is working and is truly an important part of the everyday lives of millions of Americans. Individuals finally have the financial and health security that comes with affordable health coverage.

We remain encouraged by interest from governors from all across the country who understand both the economic benefits of Medicaid expansion and the health and financial security it brings to many individuals. If the remaining 22 states expand Medicaid, an additional 6.6 million individuals would be eligible for Medicaid coverage. There is no deadline for when a state must decide whether to expand Medicaid, and enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP is ongoing. We remain committed to working together toward the larger goals of high quality, affordable health coverage for all Americans.

This article was originally published on the HHS.gov Blog.

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