Nearly 8.7 million people enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program between Oct. 1 and Aug. 31, increasing total enrollment in the programs by an estimated 14.9%, according to a report released Oct. 17 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The preliminary estimate is based on 48 states and the District of Columbia reporting both August enrollment data and baseline data from July through September 2013.
A total of 66.9 million people were enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP in those states as of Aug. 31, with Medicaid expansion states showing a 20.7% increase and non-expansion states showing a 5.1% increase. About 716,000 people enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP in August.
Medicaid and CHIP enrollment continues year round.