Medicaid enrollment may surge as pandemic takes toll on US economy

Medicaid enrollment may surge as pandemic takes toll on US economy



As the coronavirus pandemic upends the U.S. economy, the Medicaid health insurance program for people with low incomes could see a significant increase in enrollment and become a crucial part of the country’s response to the crisis.

The U.S. saw over 16 million jobless claims as the pandemic intensified during March and April, and the unemployment rate increased from 3.5% to 4.4% last month, the single largest one-month jump since January 1975.

While it is too early to project exact numbers, Medicaid enrollment will rise over the coming months as people who have lost jobs turn to the program for health insurance coverage, Robin Rudowitz, co-director of the program on Medicaid and the uninsured for the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health policy organization, said in an interview.

 

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