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HHS Bulletin Highlights Use of Medicaid Resources for Housing Related Activities

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new bulletin that provides guidance on how communities can leverage Medicaid benefits for housing related activities. The bulletin, entitled Coverage of Housing-Related Activities and Services for Individuals, identifies various housing related activities potentially eligible for Medicaid reimbursement, including services pertaining to housing transition services and retention services, as well as statewide collaborative efforts to identify and create housing opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

The bulletin highlights some examples of authorities and demonstrations that have been successful in integrating housing related services, such as the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration program that helps disabled individuals transition from institutions to community-based living. It also identified some of the waiver programs under the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) that can be used to fund housing-related activities. These include:  

  • 1915(c) HCBS waiver program and 1915 (i) HCBS State Plan Option that  allow states to compensate for housing assistance services, such as assisting participants in searching and applying for housing; 
  • 1915(k) Community First Choice State Plan can pay for services and supports by a home aide to a client;
  • 1915(b) HCBS permit states to assist individuals who are chronically homelessness with housing related services. 

Furthermore, the bulletin states that CMS and SAMHSA would provide additional assistance on housing-related services that can be provided for people experiencing chronic homelessness under Medicaid fund.  

Click here to read the bulletin. 


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