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
Home Visiting Is a Valuable Investment in California’s Families
With Governor Brown’s proposal to establish a home visiting initiative in CalWORKs, this Issue Brief explores the state of home visiting in California and shows how home visiting can improve children’s outcomes.
Failed Effort to Cut Federal Support for Medicaid Threatened Health Coverage for Millions of Californians
This Fact Sheet highlights how the American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA) could have reversed our state’s progress in extending health coverage to millions through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and warns that proposals to roll back health care reform could re-emerge in 2019.
State Policymakers Could Be on the Verge of Boosting Basic Support for Low-Income Seniors and People With Disabilities
This analysis discusses how carefully ending the “SSI Cash-Out,” which bans SSI/SSP recipients from applying for CalFresh food assistance, would deliver meaningful benefits to hundreds of thousands of SSI/SSP recipients while ensuring that no households are left behind.