Becoming the Medicaid State


Yesterday, I noted that enrollment in health insurance plans through the state-government-operated HealthSource RI had dipped by August 2.  In contrast, Medicaid enrollments have continued to grow, by an average of 3,430 per month, or a five percent growth of the total Medicaid rolls from the end of March to the end of August, now up to 257,884.  That’s now more than one-quarter of the entire state population.

If we assume that all new Medicaid enrollments were through the exchange, it’s an increase of 21% since March.


Here’s a not-so-fun fact:  The number of new Medicaid enrollments in Rhode Island from March to August was more than five times greater than the number of seasonally adjusted new jobs based in Rhode Island.  If you want a barometer of the direction in which the state is headed, that’s a pretty good one.

  • Tommy Cranston

    Biggest election in RI this year?

    The MA gambling referendum.
    The combination of casino gambling in MA and the disappearance of the "free" federal Medicaid money on 12/31/16 will cause the state to spin into depression in 2017.

  • John

    You’re killing me here! Time to change the name of the state to The State of Welfare and Providence Collective.

  • GaryM

    At the start of 2014, the threshold for qualifying for Medicaid was pushed up to 130% of the federal poverty level (adjusted by family size). That qualified a lot more households onto the Medicaid rolls. Many are just learning that the qualification threshold has increased.