AUSTIN (August 14, 2014) The Texas Medicaid caseload could soon increase by more than 600,000 cases, despite the state's decision not to expand the program under the Affordable Care Act, Health and Human Services Commissioner Kyle Janek told a state Senate committee Thursday.
Janek told the panel that Affordable Care Act-related Medicaid enrollments may rise from around 90,000 to 722,000 by 2017, mainly because the law changed qualifying income requirements.
That means more young Texans will move from the state children's health care program to Medicaid.
But the increase is also a result of outreach efforts under the law, which alerted many low-income families that otherwise wouldn't have known they qualify for Medicaid.
In all, around 3.8 million Texans receive Medicaid, but the increase was large enough to surprise some lawmakers.