When Medicaid was signed into law in 1965, fewer than 5 million Americans qualified for benefits under this program.
June 2018 Medicaid & CHIP Enrollment Data Highlights
- 73,355,220 individuals were enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP in the 51 states reporting June 2018 data.
- 66,861,199 individuals were enrolled in Medicaid and 6,494,021 individuals were enrolled in CHIP (please see contextual information below regarding CHIP enrollment).
- More than 15.7 million additional individuals were enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP in June 2018 as compared to the period prior to the start of the first Marketplace open enrollment period (July - Sept. 2013), in the 49 states that reported relevant data for both periods, representing Nearly a 28 percent increase over the baseline period. (Connecticut and Maine aren't included because they did not report data for both periods).
- Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program cover nearly 36 million children. The Children's Health Insurance Program uses federal funds to match state funds that are providing coverage to children in families with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid but unable to afford private coverage.
- Medicaid ranks as the single largest source of health coverage in the United States
More interesting Medicaid statistics from other sources
- 3 out of 5: How many nursing home residents across America are covered by Medicaid, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on national health issues. (The foundation is not associated with the managed care plan Kaiser Permanente.)
- 6%: How much of Medicaid's funds are spent on senior citizens receiving its benefits, though they make up only 15% of Medicaid enrollees, according to Kaiser.
- 7.9: The average rating, on a zero to 10 scale, that Medicaid enrollees gave their overall health care, according to a study published in July in JAMA Internal Medicine
- 53 cents on the dollar: How much Medicaid generally pays doctors and other health care providers, compared with what they would receive from a privately insured patient, according to an index created by Kaiser.
- Half: How many births in New York and California are paid for by Medicaid.