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A New ObamaCare Problem Emerges

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“A CBS News Analysis Shows That In Many Of The 15 State-Based” ObamaCare Exchanges, “More People Are Enrolling In Medicaid Rather Than Buying Private Health Insurance.” “The disastrous rollout of HealthCare.gov may have another serious problem: A CBS News analysis shows that in many of the 15 state-based health insurance exchanges more people are enrolling in Medicaid rather than buying private health insurance.” (Jan Crawford, “Medicaid Enrollment Spike A Threat To ObamaCare Structure?” CBS News, 10/25/13)

  • “And If That Trend Continues, There’s Concern There Won’t Be Enough Healthy People Buying Health Insurance For The System To Work.” (Jan Crawford, “Medicaid Enrollment Spike A Threat To ObamaCare Structure?” CBS News, 10/25/13)

CBS News’ Jan Crawford: “[T]here Won’t Be Enough Healthy People Buying Insurance For This System To Work.” JAN CRAWFORD: “In many of the 15 states, more people are enrolling in Medicaid than are actually buying private health insurance. There is some concern that if that trend continues, there won’t be enough healthy people buying insurance for this system to work.” (CBS News, ” This Morning,” 10/25/13)

  • Crawford: “There Could Be Big Problems For The Entire System.” CRAWFORD: “Now they expected some of these high enrollment numbers. Supporters say this shows there’s demand but industry sources say if we don’t see some real turnaround soon, there could be big problems for the entire system.” (CBS News, ” This Morning,” 10/25/13)

In Many States, A Majority Of ObamaCare Enrollees Are Joining Medicaid

Nearly 90 Percent Of Washington’s Enrollees Are In Medicaid, 82 Percent In Kentucky, And 64 Percent In New York. “CBS News has confirmed that in Washington, of the more than 35,000 people newly enrolled, 87 percent signed up for Medicaid. In Kentucky, out of 26,000 new enrollments, 82 percent are in Medicaid. And in New York, of 37,000 enrollments, Medicaid accounts for 64 percent. And there are similar stories across the country in nearly half of the states that run their own exchanges.” (Jan Crawford, “Medicaid Enrollment Spike A Threat To ObamaCare Structure?” CBS News, 10/25/13)

KENTUCKY: 21,342 Kentuckians Enrolled In Medicaid, While Only 4,832 Have Enrolled In The State’s ObamaCare Exchange. “Gov. Steve Beshear released updated enrollment numbers Thursday showing 21,342 people have been enrolled in Medicaid program and another 4,832 in private insurance plans since Oct. 1.” (Roger Alford, “Grimes Wants Health Reform Penalties Postponed,” The Associated Press, 10/24/13)

WASHINGTON: “31,000 Have Enrolled In Medicaid Coverage, While More Than 4,500 Have Enrolled In Private Health Plans.” “Three weeks after its launch, Washington’s online insurance marketplace continues to set a strong pace for enrollment. To date, more than 35,500 Washington residents have enrolled in coverage through the state’s online insurance marketplace, Healthplanfinder, according to data released Monday by the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. That figure is up about 10,500 from the week before. Among those who have enrolled so far, about 31,000 have enrolled in Medicaid coverage, while more than 4,500 have enrolled in private health plans.” (Amy Snow Landa, “Washington Healthplanfinder: More Than 35,000 Have Enrolled In 3 Weeks,” Seattle Times , 10/21/13)

NEW YORK: Of 37,030 Enrollees In New York’s ObamaCare Exchange, 23,717 Were Enrolled In Medicaid.” “Nearly 174,000 New Yorkers have applied for health insurance through the state’s new exchange program, and 37,030 have fully enrolled, the state Health Department said Wednesday. … The uninsured customers often found they were eligible for Medicaid, the federal-state health insurance for the poor and disabled, the state said. About 23,717 of the new enrollees registered for Medicaid because of their income; New York has more than 5 million people on Medicaid. The other 13,313 enrollees picked private insurance, the Health Department said.” (Joseph Spector, “N.Y. Health Exchange Has Enrolled 37,030,” Gannett , 10/23/13)

OREGON: 56,000 Oregonians Have Signed Up For Medicaid. “The low-income, Medicaid-funded program has already signed up 56,000 new people, cutting the state’s number of uninsured by 10 percent, according to Oregon Health Authority officials.” (Nick Budnick, “Oregon Cuts Tally Of People Lacking Health Insurance By 10 Percent In Two Weeks,” The Oregonian, 10/17/13)

  • Only Six Applications To Oregon’s ObamaCare Exchange Qualified For Subsidies To Purchase Health Insurance. “As of Wednesday, Cover Oregon has processed 34 paper applications to determine if people were eligible for financial assistance. These applications were not processed by the website, but by hand starting Oct. 15. Six applicants qualified for tax credits to bring down the cost of premiums. The remaining 28 applications appear to be eligible for the Medicaid-funded Oregon Health Plan.” (Nick Budnick, “Cover Oregon: Some Significant Progress Fixing Health Exchange,” The Oregonian, 10/24/13)

MINNESOTA: “Of The More Than 3,700 Enrollments In Process In Minnesota’s Marketplace, About 2,500 Are For Medicaid.” “Of the more than 3,700 enrollments in process in Minnesota’s marketplace, about 2,500 are for Medicaid. Only about 400 are people who are enrolling in a health plan. But a look at Minnesota applications in process shows that private insurance enrollees could overtake the number of Medicaid enrollees in the weeks ahead – of 11,600 applications in the marketplace last week, more than 8,000 were for exchange plans.” (Phil Galewitz, “In Some States, Most Early Marketplace Enrollees Qualify For Medicaid,” Kaiser Health News , 10/22/13)