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CalFresh Reduces Hunger in Every County in California, but Changes at the Federal Level Could Cut Benefits

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — known as CalFresh in California — is the cornerstone of the federal government’s effort to reduce hunger and help struggling families put food on the table. Check out this fact sheet from the California Budget & Policy Center, that illustrates how food assistance varies in California.
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What do California Counties Stand to Lose under ACA Repeal?

California saw large increases in health coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 3.7 million adults enrolled in the Medi-Cal expansion. 1.2 million Californians enrolled in subsidized insurance through Covered California, with average annual premium subsidies of $3,700. Check out UC Berkeley Center Labor's fact sheet on what is at risk for California counties if the ACA is repealed.
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Providing Health Care to Undocumented Residents: Program details and lessons learned from three California county health programs

While the number of people without health insurance has declined dramatically since the Affordable Care Act went into effect, undocumented immigrants continue to be excluded from many health coverage options under this law. Check out UC Berkeley Labor Center's report on providing health care to undocumented residents.
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What Would Block Grants or Limits on Per Capita Spending Mean for Medicaid?

President-elect Trump and some in Congress have called for establishing absolute limits on the federal government’s spending on Medicaid, not only for the population covered through the Affordable Care Act’s eligibility expansion but for the program overall. Take a look at Commonwealth Fund's issue brief on two of the most common proposals for reengineering federal funding of Medicaid: block grants that set limits on total annual spending regardless of enrollment, and caps that limit average spending per enrollee.
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CHCF Health Innovation Fund

The California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) supports the testing and evaluation of innovative approaches to improve health care. To help achieve this goal, CHCF has developed an investment fund to support health care technology and service companies with the potential to significantly improve quality of care, lower the total cost of care, or improve access to care for low-income Californians. View their website for investment criteria and strategy.
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ACA 411: Tracking Health Reform in California

How is the Affordable Care Act (ACA) changing insurance coverage, access to health care, and affordability in California? This interactive tool provides baseline and trend data for selected measures to help answer these questions. The data include uninsured rates, private and public coverage levels, insurance status, and Covered California enrollment; use of services and barriers to care; and consumer spending and premium sharing for employees, including low-wage, part-time, and temporary workers. Explore the data at California Health Care Foundation's website.
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