Start: September 2012

End: May 2017

Funder: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services


The Medicaid Health Home State Plan Option, authorized under the Affordable Care Act (Section 2703), allows states to create Medicaid health homes to coordinate the full range of medical, behavioral health, and long-term services and supports needed by beneficiaries with chronic conditions. To help states develop these new models, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) established the Health Home Information Resource Center.

The Health Home Information Resource Center was developed and coordinated by Mathematica Policy Research and the Center for Health Care Strategies. Activities included one-on-one technical assistance, access to peer-learning opportunities, and resources to guide health home development and implementation. Technical assistance included working with states on developing their draft health home proposals before submitting State Plan Amendments (SPA) to CMS, as well as ongoing support during the SPA development process.

In addition to one-on-one technical assistance, CHCS provided collaborative learning forums for states pursuing health homes for Medicaid beneficiaries with chronic conditions. To help states plan their health home programs and prepare a health home SPA for submission, CHCS also oversaw the resource center’s regularly updated, online compendium of resources from CMS, select external organizations, and states.