California Healthline: State Hopes To Cut Medi-Cal Enrollment Backlog Nearly in Half by August

by David Gorn

State officials yesterday released a letter to CMS outlining a rough plan of action and a detailed explanation for a backlog of 600,000 unprocessed Medi-Cal applications.

The letter, sent Monday by Toby Douglas, director of the Department of Health Care Services, was in time to make the 10-business-day deadline set by CMS officials.

“Our … efforts to address pending applications have resulted in a decline in the number of pending applicants from 900,000 in March to 600,000 at the end of June,” the letter to CMS said.

“We anticipate that the combination of efforts detailed in the attached plan will result in a further reduction of pending applicants to approximately 350,000 within six weeks,” the letter said.

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