Fierce Healthcare October 15, 2020
Paige Minemyer

States are expecting are a pretty significant jump in Medicaid enrollment and spending for 2021, according to a new analysis.

Researchers at Kaiser Family Foundation surveyed Medicaid directors in 43 states, and found that they’re expecting enrollment to grow by 8.2% in fiscal year 2021, on the back of a pandemic-fueled economic downturn and a new maintenance of eligibility requirement linked to increased federal aid.

Enrollment growth for fiscal year 2020 was flat, increasing by 0.04%, according to the report.

“States anticipate that groups more sensitive to changes in economic conditions (e.g., children, parents, and other expansion adults) will grow faster than the elderly and people with disabilities; however, an aging state population was also identified as a key factor driving...

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