Braiding and Blending Funding Streams to Meet the Health-Related Social Needs of Low-Income Persons: Considerations for State Health Policymakers

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Medicaid beneficiaries often need support outside the scope of clinical health care in order to lead healthy lives, and states are uniquely poised to provide this support by addressing the social determinants of health. While states steward a variety of funding sources that address the needs of low-income populations, too often a Medicaid beneficiary must navigate a labyrinth of referrals in order to access available resources. This brief aims to bring attention to non-Medicaid funding sources that states could potentially blend or braid to address health-related social needs, and to outline a continuum of options for states seeking to coordinate funding to better serve the needs of low-income populations.

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