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.
CalWORKs Grants Continue to Fall Short as Rents Keep Rising
This report shows how a lack of investment in CalWORKs along with rising rents in California has widened the gap between housing costs and cash assistance and provides policy recommendations that could help families better afford basic needs.
Proposed State Legislation Aims to End Medi-Cal’s Senior Penalty
This analysis examines the “senior penalty” in Medi-Cal, which requires thousands of low-income Californians age 65 and older to pay huge deductibles in order to access critical health care services. This post discusses the problems that this penalty creates and how Assembly Bill 2430 seeks to address them.