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1.2 Million Homeless Individuals Eligible for Medicaid

Brief Makes Case for Medicaid-Financed Services in SH

Brief Makes Case for Medicaid-Financed Services in SHMedicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act will provide new insurance coverage to nearly all of the 1.2 million homeless individuals in the United States. This new brief from the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) and the Center for Health Care Strategies, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, outlines the rationale for states to consider designing Medicaid-financed, supportive housing-based care management services to improve care for high-need beneficiaries who are homeless.

Although supportive housing has long been a beneficial approach for individuals with chronic illnesses (and resulting high costs) who are homeless, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) increases opportunities for states and communities to take advantage of supportive housing’s benefits:

  1. Nearly all-homeless chronically ill adults will be Medicaid-eligible beginning in 2014.
  2. The ACA’s creation of a new state plan option for health home services gives explicit priority to coordinating care for beneficiaries with mental illnesses, substance use disorders, and other chronic conditions that are often found among tenants of supportive housing.

Click here for a copy of the brief.

by Kate M. Kelly

Kate Kelly joined Monarch Housing Associates in March of 2011. Her responsibilities include writing policy and other website updates, coordinating state and federal advocacy update and assisting with fundraising efforts. To read more about Kate and all of our staff click here. Click here to send Ms. Kelly an email.

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