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.
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.