Medicaid Sees Enrollment Increase Under Affordable Care Act
Due to the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2013, Medicaid has experienced major increases in enrollment throughout Florida and the U.S. as a whole. To date, more than 9.3 million Americans have enrolled with Medicaid through the ACA.
Medicaid is the largest U.S. social health care program for American citizens whose income and other resources are considered insufficient to adequately pay for health insurance and medical care. Both the federal government and the states jointly fund the program. The implementation of the ACA significantly expanded both eligibility and funding for Medicaid, and in 2012 the Supreme Court ruled that states are able to determine independently who is eligible to qualify for the program. In addition, the Court ruled that states could also determine whether or not to expand the program.
More than half of the states opted not to expand their Medicaid programs through the Affordable Care Act. Regardless, some of these states saw a significant increase in enrollment by an average of 13 percent. Altogether, enrollment increased by 6.8 percent — approximately 1.5 million people — in these states.
States that chose to expand Medicaid experienced an even more significant increase in enrollment. Kentucky, which implemented the most drastic expansion of Medicaid, saw an enrollment increase of 71 percent. And states that expanded Medicaid saw a notable decrease in residents who were without health insurance — leading to the assumption that an expansion has encouraged many people who had previously been considered ineligible to apply.
Florida, which also chose not to expand Medicaid, saw a 9 percent increase in enrollment between 2013 and 2014. To learn more about the program and how your family might need to engage in sound Medicaid planning, speak with a knowledgeable Florida attorney at the Charles Law Offices today.