The Hill: HHS touts jump in Medicaid eligibility

By Jonathan Easley

The number of people eligible for Medicaid jumped again in January, according to federal health officials.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reported Friday that more than 8.9 million people were approved to receive either Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) between October and January.

 Roughly 2.6 million of these verdicts occurred in January, up from 2.3 million in December and fewer than 2 million in November.

The 8.9 million figure includes those who received renewals and were therefore eligible before ObamaCare. The administration has been criticized for not breaking down how many people have been determined eligible for Medicaid solely because of the Affordable Care Act.

Still, HHS said the bulk of determinations came in states that opted to expand their Medicaid programs using mostly federal dollars under ObamaCare. That expansion had been a mandatory part of the Affordable Care Act, but the Supreme Court made it optional.

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