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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  • by Georgia Boy Location: Cairo on Oct 2, 2010 at 04:48 AM
    Well, here's the healthcare program Obama promised. Kill the economy to get more on welfare, give them free medical care, and get re-elected in two years by those on the dole.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 30, 2010 at 01:50 PM
    When you say "It's Bush's fault", pleas be more specific. What did Bush do, or not do, and how does that relate to the problem we have right now. Bush had nothing to do with the health-care reform bill. This single bill has put many businesses in a position of being so uncertain about the next few years. many of these businesses could hire more employees, but they will not with the uncertainty caused by the health-care reform bill. Maybe it's Obama's fault.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 30, 2010 at 12:40 PM
    its bush's fault.
  • by dog Location: gone on Sep 30, 2010 at 12:21 PM
  • by whitey Location: tville on Sep 30, 2010 at 11:39 AM
    white folk can't get on medicaid.
  • by Jay Location: Over round Home on Sep 30, 2010 at 10:30 AM
    Its really to bad that stupid (the party in power 2000-2008) got us into this mess and we know that stupid (that same old) can not get us out.
  • by juswonderin Location: everywhere on Sep 30, 2010 at 09:45 AM
    why do you think Obama cut Medicare? He planned on expanding Medicaid.....the government wants us to be dependant on them.
  • by TOMAS Location: TVILLE on Sep 30, 2010 at 08:19 AM
  • by Anonymous Location: tallahassee on Sep 30, 2010 at 07:57 AM
    @Max, I do not agree with you, some people(like me) do have jobs and do not get food stamps and all the welfare benefits however, I do need help with my childrens insurance because I cannot afford to pay all my bills and their insurance too (if I put them on my insurance at work, I would not have money to pay my bills)so, it is easy for you to say everyone is freeloaders, but there are hard working people that do NEED help. I understand that there is an extremely large amount of people that are abusing the system and "freeloading" but you cannot eliminate all medicaid because of the wrong doers. If the economy needs more money, ELIMINATE OBAMA!
  • by Max on Sep 30, 2010 at 07:25 AM
    we need to eliminate medicaid and all the freeloaders that use it so the economy has more money. you want insurance get a job and stop leaching off the government.
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