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Medicaid Rolls Grew More in States with Less Virus Unemployment

May 5, 2021, 3:01 PM

Medicaid enrollment increased more in states with the least job disruption during the pandemic, according to a study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The study looked at Medicaid enrollment from January 2019 through September 2020. Enrollment was consistent until March 2020 when it began rising. About 5 million people joined Medicaid from March to September 2020, according to data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The study’s authors were “just as surprised and confused as anyone” by the results, said Peggah Khorrami, one of the authors.

The states with the largest net change ...

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