According to a new CMS report released February 28, between October and January, nearly nine million individuals were determined eligible for Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), through state agencies and through state-based Marketplaces.
More than two million people were informed in January that they are eligible for Medicaid and CHIP and 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 on HealthCare.gov.
In states that expand coverage, most individuals with incomes up to 133 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, or $15,521 for an individual and $31,721 for a family of four, will be eligible for Medicaid coverage that began January 1, 2014.