California Healthline: State Officials Meet CMS Deadline for Explanation of Huge Medi-Cal Backlog

by David Gorn

State officials yesterday said they met the July 14 deadline to respond to a CMS request for a detailed explanation about why California’s backlog of unprocessed Medi-Cal applications remains at roughly 600,000 applicants. The backlog previously surpassed 900,000.

The response, mailed to CMS yesterday, has not yet been approved for public release, according to Norman Williams, deputy director of public affairs for the Department of Health Care Services.

Williams said the high volume of enrollees in expanded Medi-Cal contributed to the backlog. 

“The response to the … expansion of Medi-Cal has been tremendous,” Williams said in an email.

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