Why Medicaid Is The Platform Best Suited For Addressing Both Health Care And Social Needs

September 7, 2017, Health Affairs Blog, Katharine Witgert- The debate about if and how to amend, repeal, or replace the Affordable Care Act has drawn attention to the central role that the Medicaid program plays in providing coverage and access to health care for millions of Americans. This central role positions Medicaid as an ideal platform on which to build an integrated system that simultaneously addresses health care and social needs.Evidence has been building that social determinants of health have a bigger impact even than health care services on people’s health, functioning, and quality of life.

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