On and Off Medicaid

Research Report

On and Off Medicaid

Enrollment Patterns for California and Florida in 1995

Abstract

The study suggests that declines in welfare caseloads lead to declines in Medicaid enrollment. The authors find that in both California and Florida, about half the children leaving AFDC left Medicaid as well. They found the same pattern among adults in California, while in Florida, two-thirds of the adults exiting AFDC lost their Medicaid eligibility. While outreach efforts related to CHIP may help stimulate greater use of Medicaids poverty-related provisions for children, the authors suggest that states consider other actions as well. In addition, Medicaid programs need to examine their administrative practices to ensure that qualified persons leaving AFDC remain enrolled in Medicaid.

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