NY health exchange adds 1.1 million to Medicaid

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Posted: Jul 19, 2015 10:44 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York has added 1.1 million people to Medicaid since the state health exchange opened last year in the national effort to connect the uninsured with low-cost coverage.

More than 6.2 million New Yorkers are now enrolled, almost one-third of its 19 million people.

The Affordable Care Act pushed many states to expand eligibility for government-funded health coverage, but New York was there already. It only had to raise the income threshold for single adults.

But many other New Yorkers, already poor enough to qualify, also enrolled.

Also, the new computerized system cut the "churn" that was annually kicking many eligible people out.

Medicaid in New York costs about $63.5 billion this year, almost half the state budget.

Cost-cutting and federal reimbursements kept the state share at $22.5 billion.