Consumers

What is a Health Home?


A health home is not a building, a nursing home, or a doctor’s office. The term “health home” refers to a new Medicaid option to provide coordination of physical and behavioral health care with long term services and supports for people with chronic conditions. Health homes expand upon medical home models to include links to community and social supports. Health homes focus on the whole person and all his or her needs to manage his or her conditions and be as healthy as possible. All the caregivers in a health home communicate with one another so that all of a patient's needs are addressed in a comprehensive manner.

KanCare health homes are intended for people with certain chronic conditions, like diabetes, asthma, or mental illness. These people must be KanCare consumers. They can be consumers who also receive Medicare along with Medicaid. Health Homes will begin July 1, 2014 for the SMI population.

Due to time constraints and important issues related to implementing Health Homes, we will be unable to accommodate additional requests for presentations in the coming months. If you have questions or would like to learn more about Health Homes you may contact us at: healthhomes@kdheks.gov or call  785-296-3981.