Forbes November 6, 2021
Under the framework announced this week for the proposed $1.85 trillion budget reconciliation bill, gaps in Medicaid coverage would be closed in states that have not expanded eligibility under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), effectively boosting enrollment by 2.2 million individuals.
There’s still a lot of uncertainty regarding whether the budget reconciliation bill will pass. But, the inexorable increase in Medicaid enrollment is set to continue regardless of the status of the bill. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollment increased by 11.5 million people from February 2020 to May 2021, to 82.8 million, amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Medicaid expansion appears to the impetus behind efforts by policymakers at the Department of...