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Three of Initial Health Care Innovation Awards Go to Those Working to End Homelessness

May 30, 2012

Three of the initial 26 grantees receiving the Health Care Innovation Awards administered by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), have been awarded to organizations working specifically on ending homelessness. “Made possible by the health care law—the Affordable Care Act—the awards will support 26 innovative projects nationwide that will save money, deliver high quality medical care and enhance the health care workforce,“ notes CMMI. These three projects highlight initiatives to limit healthcare barriers for individuals experiencing homelessness.

The National Health Care for the Homeless Council is joining into a “cooperative agreement to serve ten communities across the U.S. to decrease the number of emergency department visits and lack of primary care services for over 1700 homeless individuals.” The Center for Health Care Services in San Antonio, Texas, is receiving an award to “integrate behavioral care and health care for a group of approximately 260 homeless adults in San Antonio with severe mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorders, at risk for chronic physical diseases.” The third recipient, LifeLong Medical Care, is receiving an award to further “integrate care and encourage healthy behavior among 3250 seniors and other adults with disabilities who are Medicaid and dual Medicare/Medicaid-eligible beneficiaries.”

The awarding of this funding to three homelessness-specific organizations points to both the innovative work around the nation serving this vulnerable population and the need to continually focus on this extremely ill and high-cost sector of the population experiencing homelessness. Congratulations to these organizations, and we look forward to hearing about the results of this innovative work.

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