Medicaid enrollment growth has accelerated every six months since the recession began in December 2007, adding a record 3.28 million individuals to the safety net insurer's ranks for the year that ended in June 2009, a newly released report said. The gains represent a 7.5% one-year increase. Of those newly enrolled during the 12-month period, 2 million, or 60%, were children and every state saw gains, the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured reported.
Medicaid ranks grow to record levels: report
Separately, a Kaiser Commission survey of Medicaid directors, conducted in November and December by interviews and e-mail, found budgets and enrollment exceeded projections for fiscal 2010 in 44 states and the District of Columbia. Most state fiscal years end June 30. Directors reported 29 states experienced or expected mid-year budget cuts. Further pay cuts to providers were likely in 21 states and 8 states cited limits on program benefits, directors said. Federal aid for Medicaid under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, set to expire in December, prohibits states from scaling back eligibility.
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