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
California Needs Congress to Renew Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program
This analysis shows how important the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is for California’s kids and that our state relies on federal dollars for covering CHIP costs. If Congress doesn’t act to renew CHIP funding, California faces higher health care costs and some residents may lose insurance.
Californians Consider How to Advance Toward Universal Health Care Coverage in an Uncertain Federal Policy Environment
This post considers California’s efforts to move toward universal coverage within the current federal policy environment and discusses some of the campaigns and conversations that are currently underway.
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.