Fiori in Kaiser Health News on Major Uptick in Medicaid Enrollment

Pandemic Swells Medicaid Enrollment to 80 Million People, a ‘High-Water Mark’
– Kaiser Health News

Manatt Health Senior Managing Director Anthony Fiori is quoted in Kaiser Health News on the significant increase in Medicaid beneficiaries currently enrolled in the program, which is partially due to the federal requirement that kept state beneficiaries registered through the end of national emergency. In addition to COVID-19, Medicaid enrollment this year was also driven by the Biden administration’s decision to reopen the ACA insurance marketplace from March until August 15. Fiori explained that some states likely have adjusted payments to health plans when annual contracts were negotiated to account for a drop in health care use. He noted many states have limits on how much health plans can make in profits.

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