Millions of people eligible for Medicaid opt to remain uncovered

January 30, 2016

Among the 30 million people still without health insurance despite gains made under the ACA, there is one surprising and poorly understood group: as many as six million people who are eligible to get care through Medicaid but don't sign up. To get at these holdouts, the administration is enlarging a national campaign aimed at enrolling low-income children to include their parents, too. Federal officials say they will offer $32-million in grants in the spring for outreach and enrollment work, adding to about $126 million given out in the past six years. Government forecasters including the Congressional Budget Office don’t see the number of people who are eligible for Medicaid but unenrolled budging significantly over time.