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Who Enrolls in Medicaid & CHIP?

Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provide health coverage to millions of Americans, including eligible:

  • Children
  • Pregnant women
  • Low-income adults
  • Elderly adults and people with disabilities
    • As of September December 2018, 7,716,557 individuals were eligible for full Medicaid benefits and were also eligible for Medicare due to age and/or disability. Learn more about dual-eligible enrollment by state

The following data show recent enrollment statistics, such as enrollment by age, sex, and state. The eligibility criteria for Medicaid and CHIP vary across states and influence states’ total enrollment and the populations that enroll. For more information on state-specific eligibility criteria, please refer to the Medicaid, CHIP, and Basic Health Plan Eligibility Levels page.