50th Anniversary of Medi-Cal

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In 1966, Medi-Cal was created to provide health coverage to low-income families, children, pregnant women, and the disabled. For many years, it was considered a “welfare program.”
Now, 50 years later, Medi-Cal is the state’s largest health insurer and provides coverage to 1 in 3 Californians. Largely due to the expanded eligibility requirements under the Affordable Care Act, more than 13 million people—including single adults, families, seniors, and children—are covered by Medi-Cal.
Medi-Cal is a safety net for those whose circumstances may prevent them from affording health insurance or medical care. With the same benefits as most other health insurance plans at no cost or low cost, Medi-Cal covers a broad spectrum of medical needs, including preventive care, pregnancy, alcohol and drug abuse, mental health and long-term care.

Community Events

Los Angeles

Thursday, October 13
10 AM - 1 PM
St. John’s Well-Child and Family Center
808 W. 58th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90037

Inland Empire

Friday, October 14
10 AM - 12 PM
Inland Empire Health Plan
10801 6th Street, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Bay Area

Tuesday, October 25
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital
1001 Potrero Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94110

Alameda County

Wednesday, October 26
Multiple times and locations:
  • 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    Fremont Family Resource Center (FRC)
    39155 Liberty St, Fremont, CA 94538


  • 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
    Oakland City Hall, Frank Ogawa Plaza
    1 Frank H Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612


  • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Ed Roberts Campus (ERC)
    3075 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA 94703

Medi-Cal Matters Video

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Medi-Cal App

Medi-Cal has a new app that can assist you with finding local help, like phone numbers and
addresses for your county office. Find out more.

Timeline 1966-2016

Explore Medi-Cal milestones and the evolution of health care access in California over the last 50 years. 

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