Fewer Florida Children Enrolled In Medicaid, CHIP In 2018, Report Says

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By: Julio Ochoa

The number of children covered by Medicaid declined in Florida and other states for the first time in more than a decade. With the unemployment rate at historic lows, that could mean that more children are being covered by their parents’ employers. But some experts say something else is at play. “It’s true that Medicaid is sensitive to changes in the economy,” said Tricia Brooks, lead author of a report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families that examines the drop. “But while enrollment growth historically slows during favorable economic times, it’s really unusual for there to be a decline in enrollment.”

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