In Washington there was a 20% increase in enrollments for the Medicaid program and the Children's Health Insurance Program in December as almost 2.3 million people had enrolled.
It was reported by the centers for Medicare and Medicaid which is programs under the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, said that states which had expanded their Medicaid coverage saw higher enrollments, though some states saw no changes.
AdvertisementThese enrollments were not determined through the federal government health exchanges according to the HealthCare.com officials. Under The Affordable Health Care law more people were eligible for the Medicaid and CHIP programs.
The Affordable Care Act funded states to expand their Medicaid programs so more of the uninsured citizens could be covered with health insurance. The states with expanded coverage could cover people with incomes up to 133% of the Federal Poverty level.
Compared to the average for July through September, the number of December Medicaid enrollees were 73 percent higher in states that chose to expand Medicaid compared to 3 percent in states that rejected the expansion. The Affordable Care Act will cover adults who are eligible for the first three years and after that pay 90% in the following years.
Hannah Punitha (IRDA Licence Number: 2710062)
UPI news, January 2014
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