NYS Health Dept Publishes Paper Explaining Its Housing-as-Healthcare Medicaid Funding
December 19, 2013
Listen here to a 10-minute interview with NYS health commish Nirav Shah about NYS Medicaid spending on housing as a healthcare preventive measure.
In the national medical community, New York State is getting more attention for its innovative use of Medicaid savings for supportive housing as a means of healthcare prevention for low-income and at-risk people.
The New England Journal of Medicine today published this article authored by Kelly Doran, Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah, and Deputy Medicaid Director Elizabeth Misa regarding New York's innovative approach of making investments in supportive housing for high-risk homeless and unstably housed Medicaid recipients.
The article also contains a 10-minute audio interview with Dr. Shah in which he underlines some key points about research linking stable housing with better health outcomes, and how NYS has achieved this so far -- albeit limitedly:
Shah discussed the fact that the federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMMS) denied NY's request to reinvest $750 million of its Medicaid redesign savings into housing. "The plan is back on the table," he said, but noted, "Unless we get this money, we'll make a very small dent in homelessness in New York."
Currently, said Shah, 4,500 New Yorkers would benefit by funds that NYS Medicaid has already put into supportive housing for risk groups including those with mental illness, addiction and HIV/AIDS. He also said that NYS has strong data-mining technology to correlate stable housing against health events such as ER visits, hospitalizations, and outpatient visits.
That's important. NYS needs to show the nation good data proving that stable housing leads to good health outcomes and cost savings if it's going to convince more states to invest Medicaid dollars toward supportive shelter.
This article was provided by Housing Works. It is a part of the publication Housing Works AIDS Issues Update. Visit Housing Works' website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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