Health Care Reform and Homelessness

Currently, there has been considerable talk about strecthing the limits of health care availability for those that might not be able to afford it. The following is a post that I receivedd from NPACH: The National Policy and Advocacy Council on Homelessness.

The current economic crisis has affected not only the current housing and credit concerns that we as an american value, it has brought forth the attention of matters that express health care as epidemics such as the swine flu crisis have brought considerable attention upon specialists and private providers to anticipate larger numbers of uninsured patients.

Health Care Reform and Homelessness
Current proposals would expand Medicaid eligibility to everyone with an income at or below 133% or 150% of the federal poverty level, without any disability requirement. Because nearly all children below 200% (and sometimes higher) are already covered by the Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP), this would be most significant for single homeless adults or adult parents in homeless families. Currently, these individuals do not typically get coverage through their low wage employment, and cannot qualify for Medicaid if they are not disabled. NPACH has recently joined a broad coalition, with Families USA and many other national groups, to focus on ensuring that any final health reform legislation extends coverage to everyone who is homeless, and includes provisions to facilitate enrollment for people facing high barriers such as the lack of a mailing address or the lack of ID or other documentation. This will not be an easy fight – expanding coverage costs money, and Members of Congress are already seeking ways to limit it. NPACH: The National Policy and Advocacy Council on Homelessness (http://www.familiesusa.org)

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