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Medicare and Medi-Cal 50th anniversary: Programs help more than half of Valley residents
Fresno Bee

The central San Joaquin Valley is a good place for an assessment of Medicare and Medicaid on their 50th anniversary Thursday.

Nearly 58% of the people in Fresno, Kings, Madera, Merced and Tulare counties rely on the government insurance programs to pay their medical bills.

A breakdown: More than 900,000 low-income children, adults and people with disabilities are enrolled in Medi-Cal (California’s name for Medicaid); and nearly 253,000 older adults and disabled individuals are on Medicare.