California was the first state to broadly promote family and community well-being by providing paid time off for working people to care for an ill family member or for a child who is new to the family. Implemented in 2004, California’s paid family leave program built on the state’s longstanding disability insurance program, which allows parents to take paid time off before and after childbirth.
Accessing health care, food assistance, transportation, and helping Californians pay for other basic necessities as they build job skills and find stable work — this is the role of health and human services. 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 connect people to these essential supports.
California has been a national leader in helping people receive the health coverage they need since the enactment of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010. Until 2016, the share of Californians without health coverage dropped substantially. But this decline slowed significantly before finally stalling out in 2018, leaving close to 3 million Californians uninsured.
After dropping for several years, the percentage of people without health coverage has stalled in California. This trend reflects the consequence of federal efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act.
The consequences of the Trump Administration’s recently announced “public charge” rule are known: thousands more families working to build better a better future for themselves and our state will instead live in poverty. Understanding the depth of harm for California’s immigrants and potential economic loss are imperative as state leaders and advocates pursue legal action and work to protect the socioeconomic well-being of families today and for future generations.
Accessory dwelling units – commonly known as ADUs – are among the housing options receiving attention in the Capitol as state leaders look at a variety of policies to help Californians who are struggling to afford rent. While leaders are navigating how to handle the development and compliance of ADUs, it’s also important to look at the how such housing could improve health and social well-being for Californians.