Medicaid Program Offers New Opportunities for Housing

The Medicaid program will help support housing- and nutrition-related needs through a new Section 1115 demonstration opportunity. Section 1115 of the “Social Security Act” gives the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) the power to undertake demonstration projects found by the Secretary to support the Medicaid program. The new Section 1115 demonstration considers several housing supports, including rent and utilities, housing transition navigation services, moving costs, medically necessary home accessibility modifications, and remediation services. The demonstration also includes guidance for integration with housing and homelessness services agencies. These partnerships are identified as essential to successfully implementing the new housing supports. The goal of the demonstration is to improve coverage, access, and health equity across Medicaid beneficiaries. Learn more about the demonstration here