States Can Use Medicaid to Help Address Health-Related Social Needs

2/27/2024 – Research shows that access to affordable housing and nutritious foods can have a significant impact on a person’s physical and mental health and ability to thrive. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued guidance and waiver approvals that broaden and clarify the ways in which states can use Medicaid funds to help pay for clinically appropriate, evidence-based services that address these health-related social needs (HRSN). These changes reflect a growing recognition of the impact HRSN have on health and of Medicaid’s ability to help address unmet needs, which contribute to poorer health among people who have low incomes or are part of historically marginalized communities. This paper describes those changes and outlines key considerations for health care advocates and other partners — especially housing advocates — to help their states respond to these important needs.

Read the Full Article at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities 


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