Hawaii’s Medicaid enrollment increased 11.3% in the past year
Over the past year, Medicaid enrollment has increased by over 37,000 individuals in Hawaii. In August 2019, 330,601 individuals were enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program. A year later, as of August 17 Medicaid membership now totals 367,994 – representing an 11.3% increase.
During this time period, Kaiser Permanente and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan saw the largest percent jumps in enrollment, increasing 20.1% (+5,972 members) and 14.1% (+6,729 members), respectively. In terms of new members, HMSA enrolled an additional 16,157 individuals.
Broken down by county, Medicaid enrollment increased by 14.3% in Kauai, 9% in Hawaii, 13.8% in Maui, and 11% in Honolulu.
The majority of that growth appears to have taken place beginning around March and April, as the state’s unemployment rate skyrocketed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recent data also shows there are now over 300,000 Medicare eligibles in Hawaii.