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Analysis: The Real Number Of People Enrolled In Medicaid Because Of ACA

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The 25 states that expanded Medicaid under Obamacare have, as expected, enrolled many more Americans in the program than those that didn't. Using the 1.8 million estimate, the expanding states signed up 1.3 million people, while the 25 non-expanding states enrolled 500,000.

“The data illustrate early upticks in Medicaid enrollment, skewing toward expansion states, as we would expect,” Caroline Pearson, vice president of Avalere Health, said in a statement.

Avalere attempted to parse the numbers and decipher how many of the 6.3 million should be credited to Obamacare. The full methodology is available here, but the starting point was comparing the monthly number of applications filed since October with the number of applications filed per month before Obamacare launched.