CMS Finally Releases Jan. Medicaid/CHIP Report! 8.9 M Total

Details to follow, keep watching this space... (or "developing" as some would put it...)

According to a new CMS report released today, between October and January, more than 8.9 million individuals were determined eligible for Medicaid or CHIP through state agencies and through state-based Marketplaces. More than 2 million people were informed in January that they are eligible for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP); more of those individuals are in states that have chosen to expand Medicaid coverage to more of their residents.

These numbers include both Medicaid and CHIP new eligibility determinations in states that expanded coverage; determinations made based on laws that predate the Affordable Care Act and for groups not affected by the health care law; and in some states, Medicaid renewals. These numbers do not include Medicaid eligibility determinations made through the Federally-Facilitated Marketplaces (  Today’s report is the fourth in a series of monthly reports on state Medicaid and CHIP data. We anticipate reporting on Medicaid and CHIP enrollment in future months.

OK, here's the key things to remember about what the 8.9 million figured does and doesn't include:

  • It does include state-based exchange enrollments.
  • it does NOT include federal exchange enrollments.
  • it does include non-exchange state agencies (traditional enrollments)
  • it does include expansion in states that went with it.
  • it does include woodworkers in all states.
  • it does include redeterminations (renewals)...but only in SOME states.

Crunching the numbers now...