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Housing The Homeless With Health Care Dollars

Certified medical assistant Michael Thomas checks Nebbitt’s height for his chart. Nebbitt suffers from seizures, heart disease and depression. (Heidi de Marco/KHN).
Certified medical assistant Michael Thomas checks Nebbitt’s height for his chart. Nebbitt suffers from seizures, heart disease and depression. (Heidi de Marco/KHN).

When homeless people with chronic diseases get off the streets and get the care they need, their health improves and they use emergency rooms less. But does that mean health care dollars should be used to house them?

Los Angeles County has been doing just that, and now California wants to expand the effort statewide. Anna Gorman from Here & Now contributor Kaiser Health News reports.

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