- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s Medicaid enrollment has grown since January, even as top elected officials continue to oppose expanding the program.

Medicaid director David Dzielak (JELL-ick) spoke to legislative budget writers Friday. He says the biggest reason for the enrollment increase is a new type of income calculation.

He says that under the federal health overhaul law, the Affordable Care Act, administrators are required to ignore a portion of people’s income when they apply for Medicaid or the state Children’s Health Insurance Program. That allows more people to qualify for coverage.

Dzielak says Mississippi’s Medicaid and CHIP enrollment, combined, went from 714,338 in January to 775,176 in September. That’s an 8.5 percent increase.

The director says he expects the rate of growth to slow down soon.

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