Podcast: Housing, meet health care
In the second episode of our State of Reform podcast, we talk to experts who want to solve a problem: How do we affordably care for patients who, on top of potential medical conditions, don’t even have a home?
A small portion of patients use a significant portion of health care costs. This sometimes amounts to a simple issue that people without homes who don’t carry around all of their critical medical documents, may go to the one place that will treat them without an insurance card: the emergency room. It’s a costly place to treat an infection or get stitches. So how can health care professionals make sure these folks get that necessary treatment without a hefty ER bill?
We talked to multiple experts about the different ways different states, from Hawaii to California to Washington, are using Medicaid waivers to provided health care in an unconventional way: with housing or supportive housing.