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Medicaid enrollment didn't grow in 2018 for the first time in a decade a?? and it's thanks to the booming US economy

Medicaid enrollment didn't grow in 2018 for the first time in a decade a?? and it's thanks to the booming US economy




For the first time in a decade, Medicaid enrollment did not grow in 2018.




According to a new Kaiser Family Foundation report, enrollment fell 0.6% in 2018.




Medicaid spending continued to rise, increasing 4.2% in 2018, due to a higher number of seniors enrolling.




The drop in enrollment was due to the strong economy and policy changes made by states.




Medicaid enrollment could change significantly in the next few years given policy changes such as work requirements and ACA expansion being considered by state governments.



For the first time in a decade, Medicaid enrollment hasn't grown in 2018.
While enrollment into Medicaid, the state and federal program that covers medical care for some low-income Americans, slowed down in 2018, spending continued grew 4.2% compared to 2017, according to a survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
KFF attributed the growth in spending to the number of seniors joining the program compared to children and adults, who are less expensive to cover. States told KFF that a stronger economy led to fewer adults qualifying for the program.
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