Kaiser looks at how states simplify Medicaid sign-ups, like using food stamp enrollment data to find eligible residents

January 20, 2016

In the past two years, 31 states and the District of Columbia have expanded eligibility for Medicaid, but even more have simplified sign-ups and renewals, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey. Five states (Arkansas, California, New Jersey, Oregon and South Dakota) use food stamp enrollment data to identify and enroll people eligible for Medicaid, the report said. Eight states (Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, and South Carolina) use data from other government programs including food stamps to identify and enroll children eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program.  Seven states (Alabama, Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, and South Carolina) use data from other government programs to streamline renewals for children in Medicaid.