California Healthline: How Open Enrollment Affects Medi-Cal

by David Gorn

Medi-Cal has no open enrollment period. State health officials are quick to point out that people can enroll for Medi-Cal any day of the year.

But Covered California’s three-month open enrollment period starting Nov. 15 is expected to boost signups for Medi-Cal, as well — even though the open enrollment period doesn’t apply to Medi-Cal.

“For the Medi-Cal program we are open 365 days a year — but we suspect at the same time we’re going to get a lot more inquiries, a lot of people [applying for coverage through the exchange] may be eligible for Medi-Cal,” said René Mollow, deputy director of health care benefits and eligibility at the Department of Health Care Services, which oversees Medi-Cal.

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