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Due to provisions in the new healthcare reform bill, many homeless adults will receive health insurance through Medicaid. They are eligible if they earn up to 133% of the poverty level. If a person is living in shelters or on the street, they clearly aren’t able to afford a health insurance plan.
Although Medicaid has its disadvantages, it may be perfectly suited for this population. For example, it provides transportation services to doctors’ appointments, which most private plans don’t.
Community health centers are also set to receive increased funding for their services, which are offered on a sliding scale based on a person’s ability to pay, regardless of their health insurance status.