California Medicaid Enrollment Total Outpaces Population of 44 States


New statistics released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Census Bureau reveal Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollment totals in California exceed the total populations of 44 of the other states.

According to CMS, the quarter leading up to when the Obamacare exchange opened (July–September 2013) totaled 7,755,381 Medicaid enrollees, and as of November 2016, the latest month for which CMS numbers are available, the number of Medicaid/CHIP enrollees in California reached 12,209,605.

That means during a three-year period, there was a net increase of 4,454,224—or 57 percent–since the Obamacare Marketplace opened in October 2013. It was also during this time that the federal-state programs offered “relaxed eligibility requirements,” reports CNS News.

California’s 4,454,224 increase in the number of people enrolled in Medicaid/CHIP since July-September 2013 is more than the population of half the states.

The report compared California Medicaid/CHIP enrollment totals with the U.S. Census Bureau’s “State Population Totals Tables: 2010-2016” and concluded that the number of people enrolled in these programs in California exceeds the total populations of 44 states.

The Census Bureau estimated that 12,209,605 people on Medicaid and CHIP in California as of November 2016 equaled 31.1 percent of the state’s total 2016 population of 39,250,017.

Nationwide, 74,407,191 people were enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP as of November, according to CMS. The 12,209,605 enrolled in California equaled 16.4 percent of the total national Medicaid/CHIP enrollment.

Meanwhile, California’s total 2016 population of 39,250,017 was 12.15 percent of the nation’s total population of 323,127,513.

No state even came close to California number of Medicaid/CHIP enrollees. Additionally, no other state increased enrollment figures to the same degree since the Obamacare Exchange opened.


A report was compiled by the Advisory Board research firm on January 31, 2016 that showed 31 states plus the District of Columbia opted to participate in the Obamacare Medicaid expansion. The report suggests the states that opted to participate in expanding Medicaid programs are among those that have had severe budget cuts in recent years, as well as experienced a mass exodus of residents and businesses.

California defines Medicaid and CHIP programs as follows:

“Medicaid is a health and long-term care coverage program that was enacted in 1965. The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was established in 1997 to provide new coverage opportunities for children in families with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid, but who cannot afford private coverage. Both Medicaid and CHIP are administered by states within broad federal guidelines and jointly funded by the federal government and states.”

H/T: CNS News

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