California Healthline: How State Will Handle Medi-Cal Renewals

by David Gorn

Before the expansion of Medi-Cal, roughly eight million Californians were enrolled in the program. Every Medi-Cal beneficiary needs to renew coverage annually — but so far, only about half of those people have rejoined Medi-Cal.

That leaves about four million Californians who still need “redetermination” of their Medi-Cal status this year. They have to renew within 90 days after their state coverage lapses. 

According to Carol Sloan, information officer at the Department of Health Care Services, the department is committed to re-enrolling as many of those people as possible.

“DHCS is working with the counties and partners on a concerted effort to help ensure that renewal forms are returned within the required timeframes,” Sloan said in a written statement.

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