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Medicaid managed care plans are making a foray into housing—but they can do more

October 22, 2018 / Rose Meltzer

There is an abundance of evidence that housing impacts health. People who lack stable, safe housing, or who have no place to live at all, experience poor health outcomes. In turn, they generate additional costs for the healthcare system. Historically, it’s been difficult to make a difference for these vulnerable populations. But that’s changing as plans, providers, and policymakers increasingly devote attention and resources to social determinants of health. At AHIP’s National Conference on Medicaid on Wednesday, Toby Douglas, senior vice president of national Medicaid programs at Kaiser Permanente, discussed some of the work the healthcare giant is doing to care for homeless populations.