California leads U.S. in total number of Medicaid beneficiaries

June 15, 2015

Medi-Cal enrollment has increased by 34% since the ACA went into effect, leading all other Medicaid programs in the country in terms of total beneficiaries, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation, HealthyCal reports. California, one of 29 states that have expanded their Medicaid programs under the ACA, has about 12.2 million beneficiaries. Before the ACA, Medi-Cal had an average of about 9.2 million beneficiaries. According to the data, Medi-Cal has nearly twice as many beneficiaries as the next-closest state, New York, which has about 6.4 million residents enrolled in its Medicaid program. According to HealthyCal, California's Medicaid program also had the highest number of beneficiaries in the country before the ACA.
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