Senior Policy Analyst
This is the next in our “Medicaid Works” blog series, which aims to inform the debate over Medicaid’s future by providing the latest facts and figures on this essential and popular part of the nation’s health care system.
Many people with severe mental illness or chronic physical health conditions struggle to find stable housing. Supportive housing, which combines affordable housing with intensive, coordinated services, helps people with significant health care needs maintain housing and improve their health in a stable environment. Despite the effectiveness of supportive housing, though, few of the people it would benefit most actually receive it. While Medicaid doesn’t pay for housing, it can pay for many of the services essential to supportive housing’s success.
Providing services for supportive housing is a good investment for Medicaid. Research shows that supportive housing reduces the use of emergency health services by helping people get appropriate care in outpatient settings. It also reduces costs of care for people with high health needs who frequently use emergency services.
States can expand the availability of services for supportive housing through Medicaid by: