An estimated 2.4 million uninsured adults under age 35 could become newly eligible for Medicaid in January because they live in states expanding eligibility under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. That’s based on state decisions as of Sept. 30 to expand eligibility effective in January.
Another 3 million uninsured young adults are currently eligible for Medicaid but not enrolled, the report estimates. Enrollment efforts targeting parents of Medicaid-covered children and households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or Unemployment Insurance could reach about half of these 5.4 million Medicaid-eligible young adults, according to the report.
In states not expanding Medicaid as of September, an estimated 800,000 uninsured young adults could be eligible for subsidies to purchase coverage through an exchange, while 3.5 million would not be eligible for Medicaid or subsidies, the authors estimate.