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
Federal Threats Hindered California’s Progress in Further Advancing Health Care Reform Last Year — What Will 2019 Bring?
This blog post discusses the new Census figures on health coverage in California, which show that the share of Californians without coverage dropped only marginally in 2017. This post stresses the import of the November 2018 midterm elections in determining whether our state will be in a position to further advance health care reforms.
CalFresh Reduces Hunger Across California, but Will Federal Policymakers Protect and Strengthen the Program?
With the US Congress expected to take up the 2018 farm bill in the coming weeks, this blog post discusses what’s at stake for our state with the bill and highlights the importance of CalFresh food assistance for millions of Californians.
Home Visiting Is a Valuable Investment in California’s Families
The 2018-19 state budget includes funding for a voluntary CalWORKs home visiting pilot program. This Brief from earlier this year discusses why home visiting programs are important for low-income families and children and how the research supports home visiting as a wise public investment.