Day 49- Medicaid at 50: State Highlight: Minnesota

Over the coming weeks this blog will highlight a key feature of Medicaid and the individual states that administer Medicaid leading up the the program’s 50th anniversary (July 30th). Hopefully, you’ll learn some interesting facts about Medicaid and each of the 51 state program

Minnesota covers over 1,030,000 residents in their Medicaid program.

The land of 10,000 lakes is a leader in Medicaid innovation. They were the first state to implement the integrated care option program. It links a patient’s outcomes with the provider payments. It’s very exciting. They were also the first state to do some really interesting things with dual eligibles (eligible for Medicare and Medicaid).

Most recently, they have been in the spotlight for an integrated housing program. One major factor that prevents people from aging in place is a lack of available and affordable housing options. The state has implemented a program called Housing Access Services. This program helps individuals that qualify for Medicaid’s home care waiver program search for housing options, pack, and move into home settings. In addition, it helps people find employment services, nutritional services, and other social service programs that will improve their health and quality of life. This assistance ensures that people with disabilities receive care in the settings most appropriate for their needs and desires. For a majority of people, they would prefer to seek care in their home as opposed to the nursing facility. Not only is this option often what the person wants, it often will save the state and federal government significant money.

This is a pretty great video about the program.

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