An additional 3 million people are now enrolled in Medicaid since Obamacare launched in October, the Obama administration reported Friday, providing some further data points for understanding how the law is covering the uninsured.
Medicaid enrollment had become a point of contention between the law's supporters and critics. The administration had taken credit for any and every one who enrolled in Medicaid since Oct. 1, regardless of whether they were already enrolled in Medicaid before Obamacare kicked in. Some journalists, and conservatives, called those administration figures into question, making the point that Obamacare shouldn't received the credit for people who were already in the program.
But until now, it was difficult to ascertain what percentage of Medicaid enrollments were new and what percentage were renewals.
Friday's figures are the official first attempt by the administration to quantify how many new enrollees could be attributed to Obamacare. Compared to enrollment in September, Medicaid had added 3 million enrollees by the end of February. That number would combine people covered under the law's Medicaid expansion, as well as those who were previously eligible but had not enrolled.
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