The Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee considers budget issues related to health care and public health policy as well as the well-being of children, elderly citizens, and people with disabilities. It also reviews safety net programs including health care for low income individuals, food stamps, employment and unemployment assistance, and child care subsidies. The subcommittee also covers workforce development and employment-related data collection.
The Subcommittee oversees the budgets of the Departments of Health, Workforce Services, Human Services, and the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation.
The Subcommittee regularly deals with the rising costs of health care for the Medicaid program. There are frequent changes to federal policies which impact the demands on state funding. The Subcommittee also reviews current and potential funding for programs addressing significant social issues such as assistance to individuals with disabilities, child abuse and neglect, support for seniors, child support enforcement, serious mental illness, substance abuse, workforce issues, and vocational rehabilitation.