With the right changes to housing policy, we can better ensure that the vital services provided by programs such as Medicaid are reaching people who are in homes that make it more likely that they can become healthier.
Let's start by making sure that the housing and health services that our society's most vulnerable depend on are provided comprehensively, effectively and in ways that make sense. The Medicaid expansion can be combined with key improvements to housing policy to do just that.
Jill Khadduri is a principal associate and senior fellow at Abt Associates. Gretchen Locke is a senior associate at Abt Associates.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.