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Fostering Healthy Families Through Stable Housing—The Role of the Health Care System

The 1 in 45 children who are homeless in the U.S. are sick four times as often as their peers and are more likely to suffer from acute and chronic illness. Although the Affordable Care Act promises better care for some of these children through expansions in Medicaid eligibility and funding for federally qualified health centers, insurers also have a powerful role to play in addressing this complex, cross-sector issue. This fact sheet considers how health plans and their foundations can contribute to improving housing and health care for homeless and at-risk children, and it provides examples and resources to guide health plan efforts.

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