Oklahoma’s Medicaid program has grown almost 5 percent since the federal health insurance marketplace opened, according to federal data released Thursday.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday that 38,278 Oklahomans enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, from Oct. 1 to March 31.
When Oklahoma residents apply for private health insurance at HealthCare.gov, their information is sent to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, Oklahoma’s Medicaid agency, if they or their children qualify for SoonerCare, the state’s Medicaid program.
Oklahoma’s average Medicaid and CHIP enrollment from July 2013 to September 2013 was 790,051 Oklahomans. By March 2014, that enrollment was up to 828,329.
Nico Gomez, Oklahoma Health Care Authority CEO, said it was too soon to say that the increase in the number of Oklahomans who have enrolled in Medicaid was related to the Affordable Care Act.
“Give it a year, and let us look at people who are in the program and see how they entered it, and I think that’s going to give us a more realistic assessment,” Gomez said.
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