IHA Daily Briefing: July 6

Friday, July 6, 2018

Report: Healthcare Adds 25K Jobs in June
CMS Releases April Medicaid & CHIP Report
Kaiser Issues Report on Medicaid Work Requirement

Report: Healthcare Adds 25K Jobs in June
Today, the U.S. Dept. of Labor released its June employment report. According to the report, 213,000 jobs were added last month. The unemployment rate rose by 0.2 percentage point to 4.0 percent in June, with the number of unemployed persons increasing by 499,000 to 6.6 million.

The healthcare industry continues to create jobs with 25,000 jobs added in June. Hospitals added 11,000 jobs for the month while ambulatory healthcare services created 14,000 jobs. Overall, healthcare employment has increased by 309,000 over the year.


CMS Releases April Medicaid & CHIP Report
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) report for April 2018. Nearly 73.8 million individuals in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. were enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP for the month. About 67.3 million people were enrolled in Medicaid and nearly 6.5 million people were enrolled in CHIP. As of April 2018, Illinois has enrolled about 2.9 million individuals in Medicaid and CHIP — a net increase of 10.45 percent since the first Marketplace Open Enrollment Period (July-Sept. 2013) and related Medicaid program changes in October 2013.


Kaiser Issues Report on Medicaid Work Requirement
Last week, the Kaiser Family Foundation released an issue brief on the “Implications of a Medicaid Work Requirement: National Estimates of Potential Coverage Losses.” Its analysis provides scenarios of potential nationwide reductions in Medicaid coverage if all states implemented work requirements similar to those currently proposed by Congress. The scenarios assume low and high disenrollment rates tied to compliance with the work requirements and related problems with reporting, based on disenrollment rates reported in existing studies of the effect of Medicaid reporting requirements and state estimates of enrollment under proposed Section 1115 waivers. Kaiser estimates that overall, among the 23.5 million non-Social Security Insurance, non-dual, nonelderly Medicaid adults, disenrollment ranges from 1.4 million to 4.0 million under the scenarios considered.