The health care safety net comprises a patchwork of programs and providers that serve low-income Californians. How have policy changes affected their services?
California's Health Care Safety Net: A Sector in Transition, 2016 (1.07 MB)
Infographic — California's Safety-Net Population (163 K)
California's Health Care Safety Net: Charts, 2016 (3.36 MB)
California's Health Care Safety Net: A Complex Web, 2013 (1.73 MB)
California's Health Care Safety Net: Facts and Figures, 2010 (2.23 MB)
Economic conditions, fluctuating government budgets, and policy changes can affect those who rely on safety-net programs and providers for medical care.
California's Health Care Safety Net: A Sector in Transition covers a period of significant change, with the 2014 implementation of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), which expanded Medi-Cal eligibility to most adults with incomes up to 138% of the federal poverty level (FPL) and established state health care exchanges that enabled individuals to purchase insurance, often with federal subsidies.
Key findings include:
The full report, all the charts found in the report, as well as previous versions, is available as a Document Download.