Briefs & Reports

Kaiser Releases Medicaid, CHIP Enrollment Snapshot Reports

On June 3, the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured released its “Medicaid Enrollment Snapshot: December 2013” issue brief.

Authored by Kaiser’s Laura Snyder and Robin Rudowitz and HMA’s Eileen Ellis and Dennis Roberts, the report indicates that as of December 2013, nearly 55.4 million people were enrolled in Medicaid. That’s an increase of 585,000 enrollees from the prior year, but the slowest growth since before the Great Recession.

The report examines changes in monthly Medicaid enrollment from December 2012 to December 2013 and the factors that influenced those changes in a variety of ways. Factors of particular note include:

  • Continued improvement in economic conditions resulted in slower Medicaid enrollment growth.
  • Early expansion of Medicaid in some states, as well as successful outreach and enrollment efforts for new Marketplaces pushed enrollment up in some states.
  • Problems implementing new enrollment systems for the Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) and State Based Marketplaces (SBM) put downward pressure on Medicaid enrollment growth.

Click here to access the report.

The Commission also released its “CHIP Enrollment Snapshot: December 2013” issue brief.

Authored by HMA’s Vern Smith and Kaiser’s Laura Snyder and Robin Rudowitz, the report shows nearly 5.8 million children were enrolled in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in December 2013. That represents a 3.1 percent increase from 2012.

This report examines changes in monthly CHIP enrollment between December 2012 and December 2013. Some findings of interest include:

  • Continued improvement in economic conditions likely resulted in both some growth as children shifted from Medicaid to CHIP and some declines as family incomes continued to increase above CHIP eligibility levels.
  • Successful outreach and enrollment efforts for new Marketplaces likely pushed enrollment up in some states.
  • Problems implementing new enrollment systems for the Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) and State Based Marketplaces (SBM) likely put downward pressure on CHIP enrollment growth.

Click here to access the report.

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