Manatt Health, with support by NYSHealth and Milbank Memorial Fund, has developed an issue brief reviewing laws and regulations of state Medicaid programs. It identifies opportunities to integrate social interventions into state’s “coverage, payment, and delivery models.”
The four specific areas of social support services that are covered in this report are of particular interest to states—and are also areas in which Medicaid has a role. The four areas are:
- Linkages to social service programs that can offer help with food assistance, rent, child-care costs, heating bills, and other major household expenses;
- Stable housing provided through services that help people find and remain in homes, including assistance locating a home, making home repairs, and training in navigating relationships with landlords or other tenants;
- Employment and job stability, including ways to help people prepare to enter the job market or to find and keep a job; and
- Peer and community supports addressed by care coordinators who offer support and assistance in navigating the system, as well as by peer support specialists who come from a beneficiary’s community or who have had similar experiences and can offer counseling, advice, and other support.