Friday’s Medicaid Council meeting highlighted a new federal Medicaid-Housing Partnership opportunity for CT. The collaborative application by CT Medicaid and six other agencies and non-profits was one of eight states awarded. Under new federal guidance, Medicaid can cover tenancy sustaining and transition services, such as help with identifying a home, application assistance, help with moving, and early identification and intervention for behaviors that may jeopardize housing. The program will help the state link those Medicaid-funded services to other resources to pay for non-Medicaid supports. Because of CT’s access to comprehensive Medicaid data, since moving away from multiple MCOs, data matching with homeless data sources will allow earlier identification and intervention to avoid costly poor health outcomes.