Health and human services play an important role in helping Californians, especially low-income individuals, to get the health care they need, afford food and other basic necessities, live independently, or build job skills and find work. The Budget Center analyzes spending and related policies on health and human services, highlighting areas where greater public investment is critical as well as ways to boost access to these essential supports.
Health & Human Services
CalFresh Reduces Hunger in Every Congressional District in California, but Could Face Deep Federal Cuts
With the Farm Bill set to expire this year, this Fact Sheet highlights the far-reaching effects of CalFresh food assistance throughout California’s Congressional Districts and warns of the potential harm of federal proposals to significantly scale back funding for SNAP.
Due to Budget Cuts, State Spending for SSI/SSP Grants Is About 40% Below the 2007-08 Level
This Data Hit shows that Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP) grants remain at recession-era levels under the Governor’s 2018-19 state budget proposal.
Three Key Principles That Should Guide Efforts to Create a Single-Payer Health Care System in California
A proposal to implement a single-payer model in California could be revived in 2018. This post looks at some key issues that should be addressed when designing and implementing a single-payer health care system in our state.