By Peter Sullivan - 03/20/15 04:36 PM EDT
More than 11 million more people have health insurance under Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) compared to when the core of ObamaCare took effect in 2013, according to data the administration released Friday.
The data show that through the end of January, 11.2 million more people were enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP compared to before ObamaCare's coverage expansion began, about a 19 percent increase.
The 28 states that chose to expand Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor, under ObamaCare have seen larger enrollment increases than the states that did not. Some Republican-led states have accepted the expansion, but negotiated with the Obama administration to put a conservative twist on the program. Other Republicans declined it outright, often citing costs.
In the states that expanded Medicaid, enrollment grew by 26 percent compared to 2013, while states that did not expand it saw about an 8 percent increase.
The administration is encouraging other states to expand the program.
"We remain encouraged by interest from governors from all across the country who understand both the economic benefits of Medicaid expansion and the health and financial security it brings to many individuals," Vikki Wachino, acting Director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services said in a statement. "If the remaining 22 states expand Medicaid, an additional 6.6 million individuals would be eligible for Medicaid coverage."
The growth in the government healthcare programs comes on top of the 11.7 million people who have signed up for private insurance through ObamaCare's marketplaces.
The administration is also using the numbers to argue that the law is successful.
"These numbers affirm the fact that the Affordable Care Act is working and is truly an important part of the everyday lives of millions of Americans," Wachino said. "Individuals finally have the financial and health security that comes with affordable health coverage."