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Featured Blog Post · March 11, 2022

How Did the Pandemic Transform California’s Safety Net?

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Schools were a key source of food for low-income families despite closures during the pandemic.
At 22.3%, LA County has the highest poverty rate in the state; El Dorado County has the lowest at 10.5%.
California’s uninsured rate fell from 17% to 7% after the Affordable Care Act passed in 2014.
12.6M The number of Californians with full coverage from Medi-Cal.
More than 1/3 of Californians are living in or near poverty.
Nearly half of California children participate in CalFresh, CalWORKs, or both over their early years.
79% Most poor families in California are working.
About 3 million Californians lack health insurance.
66% Most California adults favor providing health care to undocumented immigrants.

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