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Social determinants of health and Medicaid: Policy recommendations to achieve greater impact on reducing disparities & advancing health equity

America's Health Insurance Plans

As the federal-state program providing access to essential health care to over 77 million low-income adults, children, pregnant women, elderly adults, and people with disabilities, Medicaid has a unique opportunity to address the social risk factors that disproportionately impact these vulnerable populations. Caused by the socioeconomic conditions in which we live, learn, work, and play, these socioeconomic barriers or “social determinants of health” include inadequate access to nutritious food, lack of affordable housing, lack of convenient and efficient transportation options, limited opportunities for quality education and meaningful employment, limited broadband access, and more.

Social determinants of health and Medicaid: Policy recommendations to achieve greater impact on reducing disparities & advancing health equity. AHIP. 2021. Available online.

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Publication year
Resource type
Issue Briefs & Reports
Population
Medicaid-insured
Screening research
No
Social Determinant of Health
Education/Literacy
Employment
Food/Hunger
Housing Stability
Transportation
Utilities