CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Enrollment in Nevada’s Medicaid program has grown by a third over the past year, with more than half of those being newly eligible participants under the federal health care reform law.

Figures released Friday by the Department of Health and Human Services show Nevada’s Medicaid caseload was 434,819 as of March 31, an increase of 117,635 from the same month a year ago.

Included in that year-over-year increase is about 64,000 people who for the first time qualified for Medicaid as of Jan. 1 when Nevada expanded eligibility to include childless adults with an income up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

For an individual that amounts to around $16,000 a year.

The Division of Welfare and Supportive Services currently has a backlog of 66,000 applications waiting processing.


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