COVID-19 Impact ON
Medicaid Enrollment

How Medicaid Reinforced Its Critical Safety Net Amid Public Health Crisis

The COVID-19 crisis has impacted the health and financial security of Americans. The number of Americans enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP has increased significantly since the start of the pandemic, and enrollment is projected to continue to grow as more Americans rely on Medicaid for affordable, high-quality health care. As our nation works together to overcome the COVID-19 crisis, Medicaid will continue to provide an essential safety net to millions of hard-working Americans, children, Americans 65 and older, people with disabilities, and veterans.

The Number of Americans

Relying on Medicaid is Growing


Total Medicaid/CHIP Enrollment

in Dec. 2019


Total Medicaid/CHIP Enrollment

in Jun. 2020

+5.03-10.25 M

Projected Increase In Enrollment

through Dec. 2022

Note: Projected increase in enrollment data represent lower and upper ranges of expected excess enrollment due to the economic impact of COVID-19, beyond the usual year over year growth of a state's Medicaid program through Dec. 2022. Figures are based on Health Management Associates (HMA) enrollment modeling, which factors in unemployment levels, likely duration of increased unemployment, and anticipated surges in COVID-19 cases before a vaccine becomes widely available.

Impact On Medicaid Enrollment By State

See how the COVID-19 crisis impacted Medicaid enrollment in your state between December 2019 and June 2020.

Percent Increase In Medicaid Enrollment December 2019 through June 2020