By the Numbers: Celebrating 50 Years of Medicaid in Ohio

July 29, 2015

COLUMBUS, OH – July 30th marks the 50th anniversary of Medicaid being signed into law, bringing health coverage to children, pregnant women, people living with disabilities, and low and moderate income families in Ohio and across the country. Since its inception, Medicaid has allowed for millions of Americans and their families to receive the quality health care and services they deserve. Today, due in large part to the 2010 passing of the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid continues to ensure underserved communities can receive quality health coverage at little or no cost.

“For the last 50 years, Medicaid has made health coverage a reality for millions of Ohioans,” said Trey Daly, Ohio State Director for Get Covered America. “As we continue our work with our partners to make sure that Ohioans enroll in and retain health coverage, we’re thankful that Medicaid has and will continue to provide thousands of working families in Ohio with quality, affordable health care.”

50 Years of Medicaid by the numbers:

  • 71.1 Million: the total number of Americans enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP
  • 12.3 Million: the number of Americans who have enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP coverage since the Health Insurance Marketplace opened in October 2013
  • 2.9 Million: the total number of Medicaid enrollees in Ohio
  • 596,000:  the increase in the number of Medicaid enrollees though Ohio’s expanded Medicaid program which began in January 2014
  • 12: of the number of months in each year that an individual is eligible to sign up for Medicaid
  • 0: the number of dollars a Medicaid enrollee will spend on preventive care

Under the Affordable Care Act, states are given the opportunity to expand Medicaid to cover a greater number of low and moderate income families. To date, 30 states and the District of Columbia have chosen to expand Medicaid. Medicaid enrollees have joined the over 188,000 other Ohioans who have signed up for quality and affordable coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Even in non-expansion sates, there has been a boost in Medicaid enrollment. The uptick is largely attributed to the “Welcome Mat Effect,” an increase in awareness of Medicaid eligibility thanks to the persistent outreach efforts to educate consumers about their health coverage options under the Affordable Care Act.

Enroll America and its partners are working year-round to ensure that Ohioans who qualify have the information and resources to enroll in Medicaid. For those who are eligible, there is no need to wait to sign up. Unlike the Health Insurance Marketplace, which has a time-limited open enrollment period starting November 1, Medicaid enrollment is available year-round.

Unsure if you are eligible for Medicaid? Try the Get Covered Calculator to see if you are eligible or what your estimated monthly costs will be if you qualify to receive financial assistance through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Then use the Get Covered Connector or call 1-800-648-1176 to schedule an appointment with an enrollment assister who can help you through every step of the application process.

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