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.
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.
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.