By Monica E. Oss Medicaid has never been more important. As a result of the pandemic, Medicaid enrollment rose by 8% last year, from 65.4 million enrollees in January 2019 to 70.6 million in September 2020. In Medicaid expansion states, Medicaid enrollment increased 7.5%, from 48.2 million in January 2019 to 51.8 million people in September 2020. In non-expansion states, Medicaid enrollment increased 9.3%, from 17.2 million to 18.8 million individuals (see Medicaid Enrollment Increased 8% During COVID-19). As a result, nearly one in four Americans are now on Medicaid, although there is the question of whether millions will be purged from the rolls as states resume eligibility checks…
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