Senior Policy Analyst Sara Kimberlin presented on domestic violence and the state budget for the Culturally Responsive Domestic Violence Network’s (CRDVN) meeting.
There are a few ways in which the state can pay for expanding coverage, said Scott Graves, director of research for the nonpartisan California Budget & Policy Center. Policy makers could use revenue from the general fund without a tax increase, just as they did when they expanded Medi-Cal to undocumented children in 2016.
This Fact Sheet shows that that because of Medi-Cal’s “senior penalty,” low-income Californians can lose access to no-cost coverage when they turn 65 and face a huge new deductible to maintain access to critical services.
This report shows that the value of the earned-income disregard (EID) in CalWORKs (which allows families to continue to receive benefits even though they have earnings from a job — up to a certain limit) has not been changed in more than 20 years, leaving families with fewer resources to make ends meet in our state.
Sonoma County is the fifth-best county in the state in terms of overall well-being for women. Where it lacks, however, is in different health-related areas. More than 1 out of 4 women are receiving inadequate prenatal care, ranked 37th out of 58 counties statewide, according to a California Budget & Policy Center study.