SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. State Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) will lead the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Medi-Cal by the San Francisco Health Plan, Health Plan of San Mateo, and the consumer advocacy group Health Access on October 25, 2016 at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital beginning at 9:30 a.m..

“As a long time champion of Medi-Cal, I understand its importance in helping millions of Californians live longer, healthier lives, including more than 250,000 families in San Francisco and San Mateo counties,” said Sen. Leno, chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee. “It is truly one of California’s greatest triumphs.”

The celebration will mark the 50 years since California established the Medi-Cal program to provide comprehensive health insurance to low-income families, children, pregnant women, and the disabled. Today, Medi-Cal is now the state’s largest health insurer.

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, more than 13 million people—including single adults, families, seniors, and children—gain health, well-being and improved economic security. In San Francisco and San Mateo counties, amongst the wealthiest and highest cost regions of California, over a quarter of a million low to moderate income people rely on Medi-Cal for health insurance.

Other public officials joining the program will be announced shortly. Several Medi-Cal recipients also will speak about how the program has affected their lives.

The event is open to the community, including Bay Area Medi-Cal members and Medi-Cal providers.

There is no charge to attend.