1.5 Million Enrolled in Medicaid in October Alone


While it is a now December, we’re just now getting a comprehensive look at Medicaid enrollment for the month of October.

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), 1.5 million people enrolled in Medicaid in October, and this does not count 36 states.

The total includes both those who are newly eligible for Medicaid in states that expanded the program and those in all states who were already eligible. They were funneled to the program both through the state-based insurance marketplaces that have opened under Obamacare and other sources (applying through local government offices, etc.). [...]

The number is also likely to go up. Major states like Ohio and Texas, where enrollment had not been finalized, were not included in the final tally.

Even in states such as Texas, where conservative governors are refusing to expand Medicaid, some individuals are discovering for the first time that they already qualify for Medicaid. The vast majority of new enrollments are a result of the expansion of Medicaid.

And, again, this does not include every state and this number only represents the month of October. When all is said and done the number will explode.

I hold the belief that Medicaid enrollment will surpass all expectations because we underestimate how much of the nation either already qualifies or will qualify after the expansion. The tools necessary for gauging that are undoubtedly more robust today than they’ve ever been.

  • GrafZeppelin127

    GOP fans are falling deeper and deeper into the paracosm. They keep repeating over and over again, every chance they get, to anyone who will listen, that:

    Every single thing the opponents of ACA has said has come true.

    1) You will not be able to keep your doctor.
    2) You will not be able to keep your insurance.
    3) It is not deficit neutral, much less going to save the country billions (as the President promised).
    4) Jobs are being lost because of its mandates on hours worked.
    5) It will drive up health care premiums and deductibles.
    6) Health care will become more expensive.

    This is going to go on and on. Every Republican will run on this next year. It’s practically their entire platform.

    • D_C_Wilson

      Well, what do you expect them to run on? Their ideas?

  • Gern Blandston

    Holy fuckin hell that’s, like what, about ONE POINT FIVE MILLION MORE PEOPLE than actually have ever showed up for any idiotic conservative MILLION ZOMG MARCH thing.