Medicaid Enrollment Spikes to 48M in Weak Economy

By: AP
By: AP

Washington --

A new report finds that more people signed up for Medicaid last year than at any time since the program's inception in the 1960s.

Enrollment in the low-income medical insurance program jumped to
more than 48 million as the recession wiped out jobs and workplace
health coverage. That's according to the nonprofit Kaiser Family
Foundation, which was releasing the report Thursday, Sept. 30.

With the economy barely improving, states are forecasting a 6
percent increase in the Medicaid rolls next year, providing another
strain on their cash-depleted budgets.

The report says nearly 6 million people have signed up for
Medicaid since the start of the recession in December 2007.

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