Medicaid Enrollment Could Soar in Response to COVID-19 Crisis

More than 6.6 million Americans filed initial unemployment claims for the week that ended April 4, as many businesses were asked to shutter or adjust their operations to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Under a medium unemployment scenario in which 21 million people lose their jobs, Medicaid and individual marketplace enrollment could increase by 16.5 million and 1.5 million, respectively, across all states over the next few months, while the number of uninsured could grow by 5.2 million, according to an analysis by Health Management Associates.

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Jinghong Chen Reporter

Jinghong produces infographics and data stories on health insurance and specialty pharmacy for AIS Health. She graduated from Missouri School of Journalism with a focus on data journalism and international reporting. Before joining AIS in 2018, she worked at WBEZ, Al Jazeera English and The New York Times Chinese.

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