Medicaid enrollment up nearly 25% since COVID-19 pandemic started, analysis finds

Total Medicaid enrollment increased by 17.7 million, up nearly 25 percent from February 2020 — when the COVID-19 pandemic began — to May 2022, a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis shows. 

According to the analysis, these increases may reflect changes in the economy, policy changes like Medicaid expansion, and the temporary continuous enrollment requirement, which bars states from disenrolling Medicaid recipients during the pandemic public health emergency. 

Though Medicaid enrollment has increased each month since February 2020, the authors note monthly increases are slowing down compared to early in the pandemic. 

Nationwide, there are 89 million people enrolled in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. 

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