HHS Offers States Flexibility to Better Address Medicaid Enrollees’ Needs

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, January, 4, 2023

In early January, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released guidance for states to address health-related social needs for people with Medicaid coverage through the use of ‘in lieu of services and settings’ in Medicaid managed care. “This option will help states offer alternative benefits to address unmet health-related social needs, such as housing instability and food insecurity, to help enrollees maintain their coverage and to improve their health outcomes.” Read the letter sent to Medicaid Directors.