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CMS Monthly Snapshot: Medicaid & CHIP Enrollments Grew 5.7% Since Pandemic Began

Analysis  |  By Jack O'Brien  
   October 01, 2020

Both Medicaid and CHIP added more than 4 million new enrollments between February and June, according to CMS.

Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) added more than 4 million new enrollments between February and June, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

The first monthly Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment Trends Snapshot was released Wednesday afternoon and indicated that enrollments for the two government health programs grew by 5.7% after the public health emergency (PHE) for COVID-19 was issued in March.

By segment, Medicaid enrollment increased 6.2%, totaling almost 4 million new recipients, while CHIP enrollment increased by just over 23,000, representing nearly 0.5% growth.

In the Snapshot, CMS stated that overall enrollment "sharply increased with the COVID-19 PHE," as well as with the passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.


Jack O'Brien is the Content Team Lead and Finance Editor at HealthLeaders, an HCPro brand.

Photo credit: BOISE, IDAHO/USA - DECEMBER 24, 2014: Get more information to sign up for Medicaid and CHIP / Editorial credit: txking /

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