“For the first time in a decade, states are reporting no overall growth in Medicaid enrollment last year and expecting minimal growth this year amid a stronger economy, a new Kaiser Family Foundation survey finds.
The 18th annual 50-state survey of Medicaid directors reveals that enrollment was flat in state fiscal year (FY) 2018 (down an average 0.6 percent), and states are budgeting for minimal increases during FY 2019 (up an average 0.9 percent).
States largely attribute the enrollment slowdown to a strengthening economy, resulting in fewer new low-income people qualifying for Medicaid. Some states also cited new efforts and systems to verify enrollees’ continued eligibility for the program as a factor.
At the same time, average combined federal and state Medicaid spending grew by 4.2 percent in FY 2018, similar to the previous year’s growth, and states project an average 5.3 percent increase in Medicaid spending in FY 2019.”
Read more at: https://www.kff.org/medicaid/press-release/50-state-survey-finds-medicaid-enrollment-tied-to-stronger-economy-and-new-eligibility-systems/?fbclid=IwAR1wej2ZncVTDF0Iqfj4QNklYK7KrNOptwmyeR77OYVmCFyPAY_tuWMmjwg
Source: KFF.org – October 25, 2018