Connecting Homeless Individuals to Medicaid and Health Care Services: Key Lessons from HCH Administrators and Frontline Workers

Thursday, September 27, 2012

This webinar will highlight the collaboration between the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council through focus groups with HCH administrators and frontline workers.

A key goal of Affordable Care Act is to reduce the number of uninsured through new coverage options for individuals and families. Beginning in 2014, states have the option to expand Medicaid to nearly all individuals with incomes up to 138% of the federal poverty level ($15,000/year for an individual), which will greatly increase health care access to millions of low-income Americans. Given their high uninsured rate and limited access to care, individuals who are homeless are one group who could significantly benefit from this expansion. The discussion will identify common Medicaid enrollment and access barriers, successful strategies to overcome these barriers, and future considerations for implementing the Medicaid expansion under health reform.

This webinar will present information addressed in a newly-published policy brief by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, titled  Medicaid Coverage and Care for the Homeless Population: Key Lessons to Consider for the 2014 Medicaid Expansion.

Presenters:

  • John Lozier, MSSW; Executive Director, National Health Care for the Homeless Council; Nashville, Tennessee
  • Rachel Arguello, MPH; Policy Analyst, Kaiser Commission for Medicaid and the Uninsured, Kaiser Family Foundation; Washington, D.C.
  • Kevin Lindamood, MSW; President & CEO, Health Care for the Homeless, Inc.; Baltimore
  • James Kowalsky, BAPATH Outreach Worker and Mental Health Professional, Heartland Health Alliance; Chicago