Reliable funding streams to help people experiencing homelessness are greatly needed. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the ACA) and Medicaid offer substantial opportunities for such funding. This is made possible primarily through the optional expansion of Medicaid and adoption of Medicaid waiver services and state plan amendments.
With this paper, we provide information about Medicaid and non-Medicaid provisions that states can implement to increase access to services and to expand the types of services available to people experiencing homelessness. This includes components established by the ACA as well as pre-existing provisions. We also present examples of how some states have already taken advantage of these opportunities. Finally, we provide homeless service agencies with guidance on how best to advocate for change in their state.
Blog Post Author: Amanda Aykanian, Research and Project Lead at the National Center