California Healthline: Medi-Cal Ranks Grow by Nearly 500K

by David Gorn

About 413,000 Californians have been newly enrolled into Medi-Cal in less than two months, and an additional 100,000 have been determined likely eligible for the program during that time, state health officials said. 

Approximately half a million Californians will likely be added to Medi-Cal between Nov. 15, 2014, and Jan. 7, officials said.

Covered California launched its second open enrollment period on Nov. 15, 2014. The Medi-Cal program doesn’t have an open enrollment period — eligible Californians can sign up at any time. Many of the people interested in Covered California may have incomes low enough to qualify for Medi-Cal, though, and are referred to that program during open enrollment.

It turns out that’s a lot of referrals.

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