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Children Now Statement on Medi-Cal’s 50th Anniversary

October 27, 2016


OAKLAND, Calif.— This month Medi-Cal celebrates its 50th anniversary. Children Now’s president Ted Lempert issued the following statement:

“Health coverage is critical to the success of California’s kids, and Medi-Cal has played a tremendous role over the years in keeping our state’s kids healthy. Now covering over 5.7 million—nearly 60%—of children in California, Medi-Cal is the cornerstone of California children’s health care.

In the late 1990s, nearly two million of California’s children did not have health insurance. Since then, a number of federal, state, and local initiatives and policy reforms have been implemented to help get California’s kids insured. Now, with the recent extension of Medi-Cal coverage to all children, regardless of immigration status, California is closer than ever to connecting all kids to health coverage.

We estimate that by 2017, fewer than 100,000 kids in our state will remain unenrolled in health insurance, which represents extraordinary progress for California’s kids.”

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About Children Now: Children Now is a nonpartisan umbrella research, policy development and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting children's health, education, and well-being in California. Children Now also leads The Children’s Movement of California, a grassroots network of more than 1,700 business, education, parent, civil rights, faith, and community-based organizations, as well as thousands of individuals, working together to make children a top priority in public policy. Learn more at

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