Will Medicaid Enrollment Blow Past Projections?

Date: August 30, 2016 Last Edit: August 31, 2016

Healthy Louisiana hit 73 percent of first-year enrollment estimate in three months.

Will Medicaid Enrollment Blow Past Projections?

Enrollment in Louisiana’s expanded
Medicaid program, Healthy Louisiana, began June 1 (with healthcare benefits
beginning July 1), and more than 278,000 people have already signed up,
according to the Louisiana Department of Health.

The program has expected to cover
375,000 people by June 2017, and less than three months in, the state has
already hit 73 percent of the expected number. If other states that have
expanded Medicaid are any example, Healthy Louisiana could be on the road to
going well past estimates.

The Los Angeles Times reported that sign-ups in Montana are already
double what the state anticipated, seven months after expansion began, and
Michigan’s enrollment in 2015 surpassed the levels that state officials
projected for 2020. Ultimately, this means that states are also absorbing costs
beyond what was estimated.

For Louisiana’s already precarious
budget situation, this could be very dangerous.

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