At least 3 million more people were enrolled in Medicaid or children's insurance programs by the end of February than before the beginning of Obamcare sign-ups, federal officials said Friday.
That post-Obamacare number is expected to grow, possibly significantly, because February's data is not complete, and because it does not now reflect a huge influx of visitors to government-run Affordable Care Act exchanges in March.
Those exchanges enroll people in private insurance, and determine whether applicants are eligible for the government-run Medicaid and CHIP programs, which give health coverage to poor adults and children, at no cost to enrollees.
In 46 states reporting both pre- and post-Obamacare data, enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP before October grew from about 58 million to 61 million, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
"It is important to note that enrollment numbers reported today are underestimates of what the actual enrollment in February will ultimately be," a CMS fact sheet said. That sheet noted that not all states have reported enrollment data, and "the data are preliminary and do not include most individuals who will later be found eligible for Medicaid effective in February."