Medicaid MCO Enrollment Soars During COVID-19 Pandemic

Over 64.4 million people were enrolled in Medicaid managed care programs as of June 2021, representing a 19.4% increase from 53.9 million enrollees in April 2020, according to AIS’s Directory of Health Plans. MCO enrollment growth rates across the nation have been accelerating since the start of the pandemic, ranging from a 9.5% increase in Tennessee between June 2020 and June 2021 to a 35.1% rise in Nebraska during that same period. Eleven states saw enrollment increases of more than 20% year over year.

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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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