California has enrolled 2.3 million people under an optional expansion of the state’s Medicaid program — nearly three times more than the state had anticipated, according to the state Department of Finance.
Beyond that, a record number of people who already qualified for the low-income health program signed up, pushing overall enrollment in the state’s Medicaid program known as Medi-Cal past 12 million to roughly 1 in 3 Californians.
Medi-Cal’s rapid growth is now putting financial pressure on a state that was quick to embrace President Barack Obama‘s health care initiative. Five years ago, the program accounted for 14 percent of California’s general fund. Today, Medi-Cal consumes 16 percent.
In that time, the overall cost of the program has jumped to $115.4 billion from $91.5 billion, although much of the extra funding is supplied by the federal government.View Article