As the country struggles to respond to and recover from the devastating fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, the case for Medicaid expansion has never been stronger. The public health crisis has focused a spotlight on both the benefits of stable health coverage and the gaps in the nation’s system of coverage and care. This expert perspective reviews what Medicaid expansion would mean in the 12 states that have not yet expanded.
Medicaid and Social Determinants of Health: Adjusting Payment and Measuring Outcomes
Ellen Breslin and Anissa Lambertino, Health Management Associates
State policy makers are increasingly focused on social determinants of health (SDOH) because of the important influence of these determinants on health care outcomes and Medicaid spending. Social determinants include a broad array of social and environmental risk factors such as poverty, housing stability, early childhood education, access to primary care, access to healthy food, incarceration and discrimination. This issue brief digs into to opportunities that states have to account for SDOH in Medicaid programs. This topic was also the subject of a recent State Health and Value Strategies webinar.