Medicaid is health overhaul’s early success story
WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicaid
is the underdog of government health care programs. But it's turning
into a rare early success story for President Barack Obama's
technologically challenged health overhaul.
Medicaid has signed up
444,000 people in the six weeks since open enrollment began. That's
according to Avalere Health, a market analysis firm that compiled data
from 10 states.
Meanwhile, private plans offered through
troublesome online markets are expected to have enrolled a much smaller
number of people.
The Obama administration plans to release
October enrollment statistics this week, but publicly available figures
already provide a contrast between a robust start for Medicaid expansion
and lukewarm early interest in new, government-subsidized private plans
offered separately under the law