Report: Even States Opting Out Of Medicaid Expansion Will See Enrollees, Costs Rise

Media outlets reported on a Kaiser Family Foundation study that projected a 5 percent jump next year in the number of people enrolled in the state-federal insurance program for the poor, even in states that will not expand eligibility. Meanwhile, PBS NewsHour examines the impact on the uninsured of state decisions not to participate in the health law's Medicaid expansion.

Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Report: Even States Not Expanding Medicaid Will See Surge In Spending, Enrollment
Enrollment is expected to surge by nearly 12 percent next year in states expanding the program under the health law, but even states that will not expand eligibility project a 5 percent jump in the number of people enrolled in the state-federal health insurance program for the poor, according to a new report issued Monday (Galewitz, 10/7).

CQ HealthBeat: Minor Medicaid Enrollment Growth Precedes Big Increase In 2014
The growth in Medicaid enrollment slowed to 2.5 percent in fiscal 2013, the lowest rate of growth in six years, just before enrollment is expected to swell, according to a new report by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. Enrollment growth in 2014 is expected to balloon by 8.8 percent on average, said the report, which was prepared with the help of Health Management Associates (Adams, 10/7).

PBS NewsHour: States Taking Medicaid Opt-Out Option Leave 'Larger Impact Than Expected'
As the effects of the shutdown take hold, longer-term fights over safety net programs continue. Jeffrey Brown talks to Jacob Hacker of Yale University and Stephen Parenti of the University of Minnesota about how states opting out of the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion have stranded some uninsured Americans (Brown, 10/7).

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