The number of Americans eligible for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program remained relatively stable in 2011, a new report from the Kaiser Commission on the Uninsured finds. The report found that 11 states expanded eligibility for Medicaid or CHIP in 2011, which was attributed in part to Affordable Care Act provisions that require states to maintain existing coverage. Eight states expanded eligibility for children, while three offered increased coverage of parents and other adults.
Among the other findings:
- Twenty-six states and Washington, D.C., cover uninsured children with income at or above 250 percent of the federal poverty line (defined as $18,530 for a family of three), while 18 states cover uninsured children at or above 300 percent of the poverty line.
- Coverage for parents, however, continues to lag behind access offered to children. Only 18 states offer parents access to Medicaid coverage in families at or above the poverty line, and 17 states limit Medicaid to parents earning less than half of the poverty line.
- While three states — New Jersey, Washington and Minnesota — expanded Medicaid coverage for low income adults, Arizona and Nevada reduced Medicaid coverage for adults.
- Six states increased copayments for beneficiaries, while four states reduced copayments. Colorado, meanwhile, was the only state to increase premiums or enrollment fees in 2011.