The purpose of this call is to connect with local homeless service providers and stakeholders and ask you to advocate for the Affordable Care Act — and the Medicaid Expansion specifically — with your members of Congress.
The call will provide information on proposed changes to Medicaid being discussed in Congress and the information you can provide that will best promote Medicaid’s effectiveness in improving health and lowering costs.
The webinar will provide talking points and tools for reaching out to your members and will provide time for questions.
As background, treatment and preventive care can be difficult for homeless people to access, because they often lack insurance coverage, or are unable to engage health care providers in the community. This lack of access can lead a homeless individual to seek medical care only once his or her condition has worsened to the point that a trip to the emergency room is unavoidable.
Federally Qualified Health Centers and Health Care for the Homeless Clinics, which are available in most communities across the U.S. provide some basic health services to homeless persons without cost. In addition, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows states to expand their Medicaid public health insurance program to cover more people with very low incomes. Previously, Medicaid was limited to covering persons with children or with a disability. The ACA has also increased the number of community-based care options, such as with “Health Homes.”
Housing is a key component of health and health care. Moreover, effective strategies to end homelessness must always take into account the extent of health conditions and disability faced by homeless people.
For chronically homeless people, the intervention of permanent supportive housing provides stable housing coupled with supportive services as needed – a cost-effective solution to homelessness for those with the most severe health, mental health, and substance abuse challenges.
With the advent of the ACA, funding through Medicaid will be a key financing component for the supportive services in permanent supportive housing.