Medicaid Financing for Services in Supportive Housing for Chronically Homeless People: Current Practices and Opportunities. 3.4. Looking Ahead to 2014: How is Coverage for Mental Health Services Likely to Change?


States may use Benchmark Plans to make Medicaid services available to some or all people who become Medicaid beneficiaries in 2014, including homeless people and PSH tenants. Benchmark Plans do not have to include the entire set of services in a traditional Medicaid state plan, but will have to include ten “essential health benefits.” Essential health benefits include mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment; ambulatory patient services; emergency services; hospitalization; maternity and newborn care; prescription drugs; rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices; laboratory services; preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management; and pediatric services, including oral and vision care.

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