States should utilize the Medicaid expansion provided by the new Affordable Care Act (ACA) to leverage Medicaid options for supportive housing according to a joint policy brief from The Corporation for Supportive Housing and the Center for Health Care Strategies. The policy brief, Medicaid-Financed Services in Supportive Housing for High-Need Homeless Beneficiaries: The Business Case was released on June 6, 2012.
The brief argues that creating Medicaid-financed supportive housing-based care management services to care for at-risk beneficiaries would lower costs for states by preventing hospitalizations and use of other crisis services. To support this argument, the brief:
- Outlines the potential benefits of care management linked to affordable housing;
- Details the business case for using Medicaid to finance supportive housing-based services from the viewpoint of Medicaid as well as the supportive housing industry sector;
- Highlights potential Medicaid authorities that states can use to fund supportive housing-based services; and
- Raises considerations for policymakers to address in designing strategies that use Medicaid resources to provide supportive housing-based services for people who are homeless.
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