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
Advancing Health Equity: How State Policymakers Can Increase Opportunities for All Californians to Be Healthy
This blog post discusses the social determinants of health, which show that health outcomes are dependent on a wide variety of factors beyond access to health care, and highlights three priorities in the 2019-20 state budget proposal that would advance health equity.
Nearly 9 in 10 Undocumented Adults With Low Incomes Lack Health Coverage
This Data Hit shows that even though California’s undocumented adults with low incomes work and pay taxes, nearly 90% of them lack health care coverage, and points out that California could provide health coverage to these adults by expanding eligibility for Medi-Cal.
Largely Due to State Cuts, SSI/SSP Grants Have Lost More Than One-Third of Their Purchasing Power Since 1989-90
This Data Hit shows that because state policymakers have cut the SSP portion of SSI/SSP grants and withheld cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs), these grants have lost significant purchasing power over the last several decades. Boosting SSI/SSP grants would help low-income Californians to better make ends meet.