Reform Update: Medicaid enrollment outpaces private plans on state exchanges

By Steven Ross Johnson

In many states around the country, the volume of Medicaid enrollment so far has surpassed the enrollment of people in private health plans through the state insurance exchanges set up by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Much of the reported enrollment successes seen thus far in the exchanges has centered on the thousands of people who have signed up for Medicaid coverage in 2014 in the 24 states plus the District of Columbia that expanded the program to include adults earning up to 138% of the federal poverty level (Ohio just approved an expansion Monday, becoming the 25th state).

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