Contact Us

Shockingly High Number of Montana Children on Medicaid

medicaid montana
Photo courtesy of Montana Legislative Services

The Medicaid program in Montana has experienced rapid growth over the past 10 years. Senior Fiscal Analyst for Montana Legislative Services Lois Steinbeck has been working to chart the growth in medicaid since 2002 and has found some startling results.

“Medicaid enrollment grew from a total of about 77,200 Montanans to 113,600 Montanans over those 11 years [2002-2013],” Steinbeck said. “That’s about a 47 percent increase.”

Even though Montana did not agree to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, medicaid enrollment is expected to increase even more with the roll-out of the healthcare exchanges.

The reason why Medicaid enrollment is expected to go up is because of what Steinbeck called “the woodwork effect,” in which people that are eligible for medicaid, but not enrolled in the program, find out about the program while exploring other health insurance options.

As seen in the chart above, a large portion of Medicaid growth occurred when Montana expanded it through the Healthy Montana Kids Program in 2009. The recession occurred simultaneously, driving even more individuals onto Medicaid.

The growth in medicaid enrollment has continued, and now, according to information from the Kid’s Count Data Center, a stunning 38 percent of Montana children receive medical aid either through Montana Healthy Kids or traditional Medicaid.

Best of News Talk KGVO

Recommended for You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for KGVO Club VIP quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive KGVO Club VIP contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.