More flexibility coming from CMS to pay for social health needs

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar indicated programs to help Medicare and Medicaid recipients pay for stable housing and food access are in the works. In remarks Nov. 14, Azar said HHS, which spends more than $1 trillion a year for health coverage for seniors and low-income people, could likely spend less by aligning traditional health and social health needs. While he did not offer details on what such a program would look like, he did urge people to “stay tuned to what CMMI is up to.”