2022 Brief on Medi-Cal In Lieu of Services
The State of California implemented In Lieu of Services as funding pathway for healthy housing starting in January 2022 which opens another innovative healthcare funding mechanism for healthy housing interventions and other services that address social determinants of health. In particular, poor quality and unhealthy housing is covered as part of the introduction of a menu of pre-approved in lieu of services (ILOS). Now managed care programs (MCP) can provide healthy housing benefits—which can include asthma self-management education, in-home assessment, and home modifications. These healthy housing interventions can be achieved when MCP’s contract with local service providers to deliver asthma trigger remediation and environmentally accessibility adaptations (EAA) to Medi-Cal beneficiaries in the state.