A managed care plan that participates in Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program is slowly dipping its toe into an effort to address the social determinants of health in Philadelphia.
United Healthcare, with 57,000 Medicaid members in the city, has placed six homeless members with multiple health problems into apartments in the city – it plans to add four more – and is spending between $1200 and $1800 a month on rent and wrapround services. Its theory: with one percent of the population accounting for 22 percent of annual health care spending nation-wide, helping some of that one percent could improve lives while saving a great deal of money.
Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services has awarded nearly $9 million in grants since 2016 to groups attempting to address the social determinants of health and to help the more than 300,000 Medicaid participants in north Philadelphia.
Learn more about what United Healthcare is doing and why it is doing it in the Philadelphia Inquirer article “United Healthcare tackles homelessness as a root cause of poor health, and Philly is a test case.”