By Monica E. Oss It’s no surprise that Medicaid enrollment increased significantly in the last year. Medicaid enrollment rose by 8%, from 65.4 million consumers in January 2019 to 70.6 million consumers in September 2020. In Medicaid expansion states, Medicaid enrollment increased 7.5%, from 48.2 million consumers in January 2019 to 51.8 million consumers in September 2020. In non-expansion states, Medicaid enrollment increased 9.3%, from 17.2 million to 18.8 million individuals. Analysts attribute the growth in numbers to factors other than job loss—people newly eligible due to reduced working hours, rather than unemployment; greater awareness of need for health coverage during COVID-19; and a…
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