Several people enrolled in Medicaid/CHIP in the region of California alone exceeds the total populations of 44 of the other states of the union, in accordance to data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Census Bureau.
As of the Jan. 1, 2014, states merging with Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion could enroll people in the federal-state program under new, relaxed eligibility requirements. California was one of those states.
In the fall of 2013 year, the Obamacare exchanges opened to enroll individuals in health insurance plans for the year of 2014.
The average number of Medicaid/CHIP enrollees in California in the time period of July-September 2013—the previous quarter before the Obamacare exchanges opened–was 7,755,381, in accordance to CMS.
By the year of November 2016, the latest month for which CMS numbers are available, the number of Medicaid/CHIP enrollees in California was 12,209,605.
That is a 3-year increase of 4,454,224—or 57.43%.
No state has almost as many Medicaid/CHIP enrollees as California, and no state has added nearly as many to its rolls since the Obamacare exchanges opened, in accordance to CMS.
The 12,209,605 individuals on Medicaid and CHIP in California as of November 2016 equaled 31.1% of the state’s total 2016 population of 39,250,017, as assumed by the Census Bureau.
New York, in accordance to CMS, has the 2nd largest number of people enrolled in Medicaid/CHIP—with 6,411,789.
That is up 733,363—or 12.9%—from the average of 5,678,417 people enrolled in Medicaid/CHIP in New York in the month of July-September 2013.
In addition to California itself, the 5 other states that had total populations in the year of 2016 that outnumbered California’s 12,209,605 Medicaid/CHIP enrollees were: Texas (27,862,596); Florida (20,612,439), New York (19,745,289), Pennsylvania (12,802,503) and Illinois (12,801,539).
All other states had total populations that were smaller in contrast to the number of people on Medicaid or CHIP in California.
Ohio, the nation’s 7th most populous state, had 11,614,373 people in the year of 2016, in accordance to the Census Bureau. That fell 595,232 short of the 12,209,605 people on Medicaid or CHIP in California.
California’s 4,454,224 increase in the number of people enrolled in Medicaid/CHIP since July-September 2013 is more than the population of half the states.
It is 17,250 more than the 4,436,974 people who lived in the region of Kentucky, the nation’s 26th most populous state.
Nationwide, 74,407,191 people were enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP as of November, in accordance to CMS. The 12,209,605 enrolled in California equaled 16.4% of the total national Medicaid/CHIP enrollment.
Although, California’s total 2016 population of 39,250,017 was 12.15% of the nation’s total population of 323,127,513.
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