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HHS Offers New Report and Tools on Improving Healthcare for Medicaid/Medicare Recipients


HHS Releases Report on Medicaid/Medicare and Permanent Supportive Housing for Chronically Homeless

The Department of Health and Human Services has released a comprehensive literature review looking at connections between Medicaid and permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals. Specifically, the report looks into the usage of Medicaid to fund supportive services - permanent supportive housing is understood to be a solution to chronic homelessness, but innovation is needed to find the resources to continually fund the supportive services vital to its success. The report:

  • Describes the importance of linking housing with health care in the supportive housing model
  • Identifies the most effective practices used to increase Medicaid access to fund supportive services
  • Previews Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act in 2014 and its effects on funding for supportive services

To Learn More:
HHS Report

HHS Offers Tools to Help States Lower Medicaid Costs while Improving Care

In pursuit of a primary goal of the Affordable Care Act - to help make Medicaid-Medicare work together more effectively to improve patient care and lower costs - the Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office was created within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). On May 11, the Office announced the creation of the Alignment Initiative, which seeks to increase benefit access and remove the complicated and fragmented system of care for dual-eligible low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities.

To facilitate the implementation of this initiative, HHS is seeking public comment from stakeholders across the country about ways to align these two programs and will also begin offering regional listening sessions.

To Learn More:
Press Release


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