This advocacy work will be especially critical in New Jersey where Governor Chris Christie has taken the position that he is not sure that our state needs to expand the Medicaid program. By not expanding Medicaid, many, many chronically homeless individuals including those with a primary diagnosis of a substance abuse disorder, will be denied access to affordable insurance.
And the issue of expanding Medicaid, CSH is also urging its local partners to work to ensure that the services that are so critical to the stabilizing work of supportive housing, are included in insurance benefit packages and reimbursable through Medicaid. States should be encouraged to create benefit packages that allow supportive housing tenants to have the services that they rely on reimbursed. The post goes on to give the details about three potential ways this can be done.