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Homelessness , Supportive Housing

New Reports on Using Medicaid to Provide Services for Individuals in Permanent Supportive Housing

15 October 2014
U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

For organizations working to bring those who are homeless into permanent supportive housing, the U.S Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation Office of Disability, Aging and Long-Term Care Policy has released two reports to help with that endeavor.

The first report, A Primer on Using Medicaid for People Experiencing Chronic Homelessness and Tenants in Permanent Supportive Housing, offers advice on how to use Medicaid for the health and behavioral health services needed by those who are experiencing chronic homelessness. It highlights successful strategies that have been used in some states as well as new strategies that are being created to under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

The second report, Medicaid and Permanent Supportive Housing for Chronically Homeless Individuals: Emerging Practices from the Field, features case studies of six communities that have utilized Medicaid in innovative ways to serve the health and behavioral health needs of those in permanent supportive housing.  Connecticut is one of the communities explored because of the state’s use of the Affordable Care Act’s authority to implement early expansion of Medicaid eligibility for some or all of the people who would become eligible in 2014 based on income.

Read the reports: