Health Homes for Medicaid Beneficiaries with Chronic Conditions
This brief profiles four states that were the first to receive federal approval to take up a state option under the Affordable Care Act to implement health homes for Medicaid beneficiaries with chronic conditions. Almost half of the 9 million people who qualify for Medicaid on the basis of disability suffer from mental illness and 45 percent have three or more diagnosed chronic conditions. Health homes provide an important tool for states trying to manage and coordinate care more comprehensively for high-need, high-cost beneficiaries. Many states have demonstrated interest in the health homes option and some have received federal approval for their programs. The states profiled in the brief are Missouri, Rhode Island, New York and Oregon.