A new report out from CMS indicates that applications for Medicaid in Missouri continued to drop in April, relative to March, from 829,585 to 806,639, a drop of -2.8%.  This means Missouri remains an outlier, with a drop of -4.7% in Medicaid determinations since before the open enrollment period started for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as the report shows -- the drop in Missouri is the second lowest in the country, second only to Wyoming since before the open enrollment period.

As I reported earlier in a brief posted here, this drop in Medicaid eligibility determinations and enrollment cannot be explained, as state officials appear to be saying, by drops in the unemployment rates in the state (especially since the states has actually seen a rise in unemployment, bucking the national trend).  I point to other possible explanations, though further investigations of this issue may be necessary.  Reports of backlogs of people seeking enrollment have been heard.