As federal health reform legislation has stalled, health policy attention turns to the states, which have many tools to reform their health care systems. While 1115 waivers rightly get a lot of attention, because of their ability to reshape state Medicaid programs, the Affordable Care Act’s Section 1332 waivers continue to be a promising avenue for states.
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.