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Pandemic leads to increase in Medicaid enrollment

Medicaid enrollment increased from 71.5 million in March to 72.3 million in April due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it did not increase as much as some analysts predicted. The results suggest people worried about COVID-19 may have decided to avoid seeking care and not sign up for health coverage, but Joan Alker, executive director of the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University, said she expects Medicaid enrollment to continue to increase through the summer.

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