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Roughly 1.1 mil­lion to 1.8 mil­lion Amer­ic­ans en­rolled in Medi­caid be­cause of Obama­care, a health care con­sult­ing firm finds.

Avalere Health ana­lyzed the 2013 Obama­care en­roll­ment re­ports, in­clud­ing those from the Health and Hu­man Ser­vices De­part­ment, which has said that more than 6.3 mil­lion in­di­vidu­als were deemed eli­gible for Medi­caid. That num­ber in­cludes in­di­vidu­als who were already en­rolled in Medi­caid and would con­tin­ue to stay on it, be­cause the ex­change re­de­ter­mined eli­gib­il­ity.

Avalere Health com­pared en­roll­ment in Oc­to­ber through Decem­ber with en­roll­ment in sum­mer 2013 to ac­count for the num­ber of people who would have signed up for Medi­caid re­gard­less of the Af­ford­able Care Act, and for reg­u­lar churn in the pro­gram.

The num­bers fall far short of the 8 mil­lion in­di­vidu­als ex­pec­ted to en­roll in Medi­caid in 2014, ac­cord­ing to up­dated es­tim­ates from the Con­gres­sion­al Budget Of­fice. Avalere Health es­tim­ates only 5 mil­lion Amer­ic­ans will join the pro­gram this year, and its mod­el in­cludes those states that de­cided not to ex­pand Medi­caid.

The ma­jor­ity of the new en­rollees come from the 26 states in­clud­ing the Dis­trict of Columbia that op­ted to go along with the Af­ford­able Care Act’s ex­pan­sion of the Medi­caid pro­gram to in­di­vidu­als with in­comes up to 138 per­cent of the fed­er­al poverty line. Avalere Health es­tim­ates that ex­pan­sion states rep­res­ent some three-fourths of all new sign-ups.

“There are a host of pub­lic-wel­fare reas­ons as to why you want to get people in­to Medi­caid,” said Car­oline Pear­son, vice pres­id­ent at Avalere Health. “Medi­caid is an im­port­ant safety net for the low-in­come.”

But the ad­min­is­tra­tion has a ways to go in its out­reach ef­forts to get the Medi­caid-eli­gible pop­u­la­tion covered. Bad press sur­round­ing the launch of the fed­er­al ex­change web­site, Health­Care.gov, is likely a con­trib­ut­ing factor to the low en­roll­ment totals, Pear­son said, as well as sus­tained is­sues with the trans­fer of Medi­caid ap­plic­a­tions from Health­Care.gov to state agen­cies.

“[En­roll­ment] def­in­itely could speed up be­cause now cov­er­age is avail­able,” she said. “We know that people tend to not en­roll in their cov­er­age un­til it’s ac­tu­ally avail­able.”

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