March 23, 2023
Payers | Tea Leaves
  • California Governor Gavin Newsom is tapping federal health care funding to cover rent for homeless people and those at risk of losing their housing. States are barred from using federal Medicaid dollars to pay directly for rent, but California’s governor is asking the Biden administration to authorize a new program called “transitional rent,” which would provide up to six months of rent or temporary housing forlow-income enrollees who rely on the state’s health care safety net. A spokesperson for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services declined to say whether the federal government would approve California’s request, but Biden’s Medicaid officials have approved similar experimental programs in Oregon and Arizona, and California is modeling its program after them. (Article here)