A new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation provides a comprehensive look at where states stand with their Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) eligibility levels and enrollment, renewal and cost-sharing policies as of January 2015, one year into implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s major coverage provisions.
The 13th annual survey, conducted by the Foundation’s Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured and Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families, finds that states across the country have made it easier to apply for and enroll in the Medicaid program, updating their processes to reflect ACA requirements for a more automated, data-driven, and seamless experience for individuals.
Key findings include:
The survey also provides 2015 eligibility levels in all 50 states and the District of Columbia for children, pregnant women, and non-disabled adults in Medicaid and CHIP. The data document that the 28 states that adopted the ACA Medicaid expansion extend eligibility to parents and other adults up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level ($27,310 for a family of three or $16,105 for an individual), with two of these states extending eligibility for adults to higher levels. Among the 23 states not adopting the expansion at this time, 19 states have eligibility levels for parents that are below poverty and only one state provides Medicaid coverage to childless adults. Eligibility for children is at or above 200 percent of the federal poverty level through Medicaid and CHIP in all but two states and 33 states cover pregnant women at those income levels or higher.
The full report, Modern Era Medicaid: Findings from a 50-State Survey of Eligibility, Enrollment, Renewal, and Cost-Sharing Policies in Medicaid and CHIP as of January 2015, can be found online at kff.org. A public web briefing to discuss the key findings and take questions will be held today at 1 p.m. ET; register here to attend the briefing.