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CMS May Allow Hospitals to Pay for Housing Through Medicaid
Nov 14, 2018 - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar said in a speech that Medicaid may soon allow hospitals and health systems to directly pay for housing, healthy food, and more to improve the overall health of enrollees. Azar expressed that including social determinants of health in overall health considerations could allow the U.S. to spend less on healthcare while improving health. (May require subscription to view article.)
Source: Modern Healthcare
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Trump Administration Announces Decline in Veteran Homelessness
Nov 1, 2018 - Details the results of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Annual Homeless Assessment Report, which found that the total number of veterans experiencing homelessness in 2018 decreased 5.4% from last year and has fallen to almost half of the number reported in 2010. Local estimates of veteran homelessness are available.
Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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Youth Homelessness Similar in Rural and Urban Communities, Research Suggests
Oct 24, 2018 - Highlights a report from Chapin Hill at the University of Chicago that found that youth homelessness rates are roughly the same in urban and rural areas. 9.2% of young adults in rural areas aged 18 to 25 experienced homelessness in the past year, while in urban areas it was 9.6%. For teens aged 13 to 17, 4.4% had experienced homelessness in rural areas and 4.2 in urban areas. Even so, rural youth were less likely to have access to support services and employment opportunities.
Source: Route Fifty
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