By Kenneth L. Miller, PhD, LPCC-S, NCC, BCPC, AMBPP
A.L. Stanley, MS Ed, NCC
Youngstown State University
Authors discuss Section 2703 the Affordable Care Act of 2010, which created an optional Medicaid State Plan benefit for states to institute Health Homes to serve the healthcare needs of Medicaid-eligible individuals suffering from chronic health conditions. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) promulgated the expectation for state Health Home providers to adopt a whole-person philosophy by integrating and coordinating “acute, primary, behavioral health and long-term services” and supports. Authors clarify health home requirements, structures, functions, benefits, and limitations. They argue that Health Homes address deficiencies in the current system of health service delivery by providing integrative, efficient, and fiscally responsible services that result in improved outcomes for patients.