California Healthline: Medi-Cal Enrollment Jumps to 11.3 Million

by David Gorn

The state Medi-Cal system has taken on 2.7 million more Californians since October 2013.

That’s an increase of 31% from the 8.6 million previously enrolled. The jump brings the current number of Californians in the Medi-Cal program to 11.3 million — roughly 30% of the state’s population. Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid program.

Those numbers likely will drop somewhat, as the Medi-Cal renewal process finishes over the coming months. Many Californians will not renew their Medi-Cal benefits for a variety of reasons.

Covered California’s second open enrollment period Nov. 15 to Feb. 15 is expected to have an impact on Medi-Cal enrollment. During the first open enrollment period (Oct. 1, 2013 till Mar. 31, 2014), the state had its most dramatic increase in Medi-Cal enrollment, primarily because of Medi-Cal expansion.

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