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Funding Community-Based Efforts to Address the Social Determinants of Health

Strategic partnerships with community-based organizations (CBOs) are vital to narrowing the gaps in health inequity and alleviating the long-term impacts of COVID-19. But for CBOs to meet the demand for social services, payment models that provide funding for social services are vital. In this brief, we provide an overview of some of the funding mechanisms available to support social determinants of health (SDoH) interventions. In this brief, we cover: 

  • Medicare Advantage Supplemental Benefits for the Chronically Ill
  • Medicaid Section 1115 waivers  
  • Independent philanthropic actions and direct payer support
  • And more...

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Funding Mechanisms for SDoH Interventions

As healthcare providers and health plans focus on mitigating the spread of COVID-19, healthcare organizations are exploring strategic partnerships with CBOs to address SDoH. But limitations in capacity and funding are undercutting the ability of CBOs to manage the increase in demand for services. In this brief, we take a closer look at funding mechanisms that support community-based efforts to address SDoH.

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