The number of Americans relying on Medicaid for transportation and other necessities is growing.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the number of people who rely on the health care program increased from 5.4 million in fiscal year 2016 to 6.4 billion in fiscal years 2020 and 2021.
And according to the most recent HHS data, about 1.3 million people rely on private health insurance for transportation, a number that is projected to grow in 2020.
The increase is driven by the rising cost of medical care and a shortage of drivers in some states, such as Ohio, that were previously underrepresented in the health system.
As a result, a significant number of American drivers are relying on private drivers to get them to work, according to a report from the Center for American Progress.
But what does this mean for people who don’t have insurance?
The Medicaid system has become a vehicle for people to access healthcare for the first time in their lives.
As of March, only 6.1 percent of all American workers had health insurance, according the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
The average income of people with insurance, which is used to determine eligibility for the federal program, was $42,857 in 2020, according that report.
As the number increases, that number will likely increase as well.
And while the number is increasing, people who are eligible for Medicaid don’t necessarily have to rely on it.
According the report, the average cost for a family of four was $17,838 in 2020 as of March.
In the same report, there were 9.2 million people who were covered by Medicaid for food and housing.
Those with Medicaid coverage are eligible to purchase health insurance and receive subsidies to help pay for premiums.
But that does not mean they are eligible at all.
“We are still working to make sure that all Americans, regardless of income, can access quality, affordable health care,” said Emily Cohen, deputy director of the American Action Forum.
“It’s still early, and we still need to work to get people covered.”