In an Aug. 20 story, Kaiser Health News (KHN) reports on how healthcare reform will benefit individuals who are homeless. The article profiles a Baltimore woman who is uninsured and ineligible for Medicaid, yet suffers from several health conditions and has undergone expensive hospital treatments.
According to KHN:
These benefits and President Barack Obama’s recently announced plan to prevent and end homelessness mark a watershed moment in federal efforts on this issue, advocates say. Among its goals, the plan calls for greater coordination between existing housing, medical care and behavioral health programs to help end chronic homelessness in five years and homelessness for families and children over the next decade.[...]But the new health law won’t eliminate some daunting obstacles to improving health care. Locating and enrolling homeless people in Medicaid will be a challenge. Many also suffer from chronic, complex medical conditions, including mental illness and addiction. Low reimbursement rates for some services may lead to problems with access to care.