A new brief from the Kaiser Foundation’s Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured examines key lessons to consider for efforts to increase Medicaid coverage among the homeless as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s Medicaid expansion in 2014.
Given their low incomes and high uninsured rate, many homeless individuals may become eligible for Medicaid coverage under the ACA’s expansion of the program to nearly all individuals with incomes up to 138% of the federal poverty level ($15,425 for an individual, $26,390 for a family of three in 2012).
The new brief, based on eight focus group discussions with people from organizations serving homeless populations in four different cities, identifies:
Key barriers to enrollment in Medicaid for homeless individuals,
Successful strategies to overcome these barriers, and
Key issues for state Medicaid programs to consider in attempting to serve this population.